Alaskan shoots charging lactating moose near Denali Park visitor center

A man with two young children shot a lactating moose with a sidearm. The moose is only the second large animal shot by a visitor to the park since firearms were permitted in the park in 2010.

Alaskan shoots charging moose near Denali Park visitor center | State News | ADN.com.


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Climbers plan to honor first expedition to reach Denali summit – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Dermot Cole

Today is the 100th anniversary of the June 7, 2013 first climb of Mount McKinley by Robert Tatum, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens and Hudson Stuck.

Celebrations include a climb by:

The 2013 climbing party includes: Sam Tatum, great-grandnephew of Robert Tatum; Ken Karstens, great-grandson of Harry Karstens; Ray Schuenemann, great-grandson of Harry Karstens; Sam Alexander, a West Point graduate from Fort Yukon; Dan Hopkins, great-grandnephew of Hudson Stuck; and Dana Wright, a descendant of Walter Harper.

Climbers plan to honor first expedition to reach Denali summit – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Dermot Cole.


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Descendents of 1913 First Ascent of Mount McKinley Prepare Centennial Climb

Descendents of the first climbers of Mount McKinley Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens and Walter Harper are preparing a Centennial Climb celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1913 event.


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Curiosity’s Shot of Aeolis Mons on Mars Sure Looks Like Mount McKinley


Some blogs are noting the black and white photo that Curiosity sent back of 18,000 foot high Aeolis Mons on Mars sure looks like a snow covered Mount McKinley. If we see this driver then we’ll know for sure.


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Proposal to Rename Talkeetna Ranger Station for First McKinley Climber Walter Harper

Alaska Senator has introduced legislation to rename Mount McKinley to Mount Denail and to rename the Talkeetna Ranger Station for Walter Harper who is the first credited climber of the mountain. Legislation to rename the mountain has been introduced for years and has been successfully fought by the Ohio delegation.


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4 McKinley Climbers Presumed Dead in Avalanche

Four members of the Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation were presumed killed in an avalanche on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The climbers are 64-year-old Yoshiaki Kato, 50-year-old Masako Suda, 56-year-old Michiko Suzuki, and 63-year-old Tamao Suzuki.


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Finnish Skiier Killed While Skiing Down Mount McKinley

Finnish skiier Ilkka Uusitalo was killed May 23, 2012 on Mount McKinley as he attempted to ski down a chute at 17,800 feet. His body was flown off the mountain. He is the second fatality on McKinley during this climbing season.
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Unroped Climber Falls to Death While Attempting to Retrieve Backpack on McKinley

German climber Steffen Machulka fell to his death while attempting to retrieve a backpack on that had started to slide on May 18, 2012. He was not roped to fellow climbers in an area on the West Buttress at 16,200 feet where they usually are.


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Investigation Into How McKinley Climber Perished While Following Guide’s Orders and Another Climber Ignoring the Orders Survived

The Alaska Dispatch has an amazing investigation into the May 2011 death of Beat Neiderer on Mount McKinley. Neiderer had stayed at Denali Pass to award rescue on his guide’s instructions and wound up freezing to death while another injured climber Lawrence Cutler descended solo to base camp and survived.


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NPS Says It Spends $1,300 For Each McKinley Climber

The National Park Service says costs of supporting climbers on Mount McKinley/Mount Foraker is $1,300 per climber, versus about $37 per person for all other visitors. The NPS which now charges $200/climber is seeking to raise the cost to $500. The park currently spends more than $1.3 million/year for search and rescue.

Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Charge climbers the cost Mountain safety programs drain Denali s budget

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