Denali Flightseeing Noise Annoying Climbers

The National Park Service is considering rules to change flightseeing patterns on Mount McKinley. Helicopter noise is starting to drown out conversations among climbers.


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“Murder on Mt. McKinley” Latest in Summit Murder Mystery Series

“Murder on Mt. McKinley” by Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins is the latest in the installment in the Summit Murder Mystery Series.


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Attempt to Be First to Climb Mount McKinley Solo in January Abandoned

Lonnie Dupre from Grand Marais, Minnesota, who was seeking to be the first person to climb Mount McKinley solo in January has descended from his camp at 17,000 feet to 14,000 feet after spending six nights stuck in the camp as 100 mph winds hit the mountain. In addition a 5.4 quake hit the mountain. Dupree has abandoned his quest.


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50th Anniversary of Alaska Mountain Rescue Group


We’re a little behind but here’s an impressive history of the Alaska Mountain Group which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.


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55 Percent Summit Success Rate on McKinley in 2010

According to the 2010 Mount McKinely climbing report

Altogether, 670 of the 1,223 climbers who attempted Mount McKinley this year reached the summit — or 55 percent. That’s slightly above normal. Since 1970, the most successful year for climbers was 1977 with 79 percent. The least successful year was 1971, with 29 percent.

Here’s the Fairbanks article.

Here’s the report itself.


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Comment Deadline January 31 on Mount McKinley Climbing Fees

The National Park Service is accepting comments through Jan. 31 on a proposed increase in climbing fees on Mount McKinley. They may be submitted by e-mail to: DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or faxed to (907) 683-9612. They may also be mailed to: Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK, 99755. The Park Service notes: Climbers make up less than half of 1 percent of the park’s visitors, yet the Park service spends approximately $1,200 per climber compared to an average of approximately $37 for all other visitors.


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Huge Trove of Flying Dinosaur Tracks Found in Denali National Park

A rich trove of flying dinosaur tracks have been found on Denali. One of the dinosaurs was named Magnoavipes denaliensis, which roughly translates into “damn-big flying Denali reptile” according this article. The article notes Denali “the richest record of avian biodiversity from a single rock unit anywhere in the world, (and) the fact that some of the forms of bird tracks we found in Alaska are also found elsewhere in the U.S. and Asia suggests that birds used Alaska as a seasonal nesting ground some 70 million years ago … just like modern birds use Alaska today.”


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NPS Considering Changing Allocation Changes in McKinley Permits

The National Park Service citing increased interest in guided Mount McKinley climbs is considering changing the ratio of permits on Denali. Currently 25 percent of the 1,500 quota permits on the mountain go to guided climbs. The Service says it is not considering changing the 1,500 total but just the allocation.


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Senate Votes to Name Highest Unnamed Peak for Ted Stevens

The U.S. Senate has voted to name the highest unnamed peak in Denali National Park (and highest unnamed peak in Alaska) for Senator Ted Stevens who died this summer. The peak was formerly popularly referred to as South Hunter Peak and 13,895 feet.


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Proposed Increase of Mount McKinley Climbing Fee from $200 to $500

Denali National Park is considering increasing the Mount McKinley climbing fee from $200 to $500.


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