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Barbara Polk Washburn (1914-2014) – First Female Climber of Mount McKinley

Barbara Polk Wasburn, the first woman to climb McKinley, has passed at age 99. She climbed the mountain in 1947. Her husband was Bradford Washburn Jr. Like this:Like Loading…

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NPS Reinstates Mountain Trip International to Preferred Denali Guide Service Status

The National Park Service has overturned a ban of Mountain Trip International as preferred Denali guide service. The service had lost its status after a fatal accident in 2011 in which guide Dave Staeheli abandoned Beat Niederer on the mountain. … Continue reading

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Official New USGS Maps Show McKinley is 83 Feet Shorter Than Earlier Reported (20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet)

New USGS and Alaska maps show McKinley is 83 feet shorter at 20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet — still the highest mountain in the US. You can see the difference in the maps from the new digital maps with … Continue reading

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Stubbs the Cat, Talkeetna’s “Mayor” Returns Following Dog Mauling

Stubbs the cat that has been the unofficial mayor of Talkeetna for 15 years has returned home after a dog mauling. Like this:Like Loading…

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Renaming of Talkeetna Ranger Station for First McKinley Climber Walter Harper

The renaming of the Talkeetna Ranger station for McKinley first climber Walter Harper awaits President’s Obama’s signature. Like this:Like Loading…

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Model Explains Why McKinley is Where It Is

After 17,000 hours of Super Computer modeling scientist say they can explain why McKinley is where it is. Geologists have always said the mountain was created by the Pacific Plate sinking beneath the North American Plate. However they did not … Continue reading

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Mysterious Disappearance of Runner in 2012 Mount Marathon Race in Alaska Spawns Conspiracy Theories

Outlookalaska.com has an update on the strange tale of Michael LeMaitre who disappeared and is unaccounted for in a 2012 race up Mount Marathon in Alaska. The site notes: The last time LeMaitre was seen was as he was nearing … Continue reading

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Record Number of 787 Summited McKinley in 2013 Season

A record number of 787 out of 1,151 (68 percent) summit McKinley in the 2013 season according to the Park Service. Like this:Like Loading…

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Famed mountaineers Krakauer, Anker called out for not using McKinley Clean Mountain Can

Mountaineers Jon Krakauer (“Into the Wild,” “Into Thin Air”) and Conrad Anker were publicly called by by the National Park Service rangers for not using a McKinley Clean Mountain can while going to the toilet on Mount McKinley. The pair … Continue reading

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German climber dies on Alaska’s Mount McKinley of cardiac arrest – first fatality of 2013 season

59 year old Klaus Bielstein of Muenster, Germany collapsed and died on Mount McKinley at the 13,500 foot level. He is the first fatality of the 2013 season. German climber dies on Alaska's Mount McKinley – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska … Continue reading

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