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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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Running the 92 Mile Long Denali Park Road

Bill Vondermehden wants to be the first to run the 92-mile Denali Park Road non-stop. Rangers report no record of anybody even thinking about doing that.

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Mount McKinley Was Not Included in Original Denali National Park Boundaries

A history of Alaska tourism notes that when Denali National Park was established in 1917 it didn’t even include Mount McKinley.

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Tea Party Candidate Wants State Ownership of Denali

Joe Miller, the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Alaska wants the state to own Denali.

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Sarah Palin Might Be Right: Kodiak Is Bigger Than Hawaii Island (in terms of coastline)

The Anchorage Daily News has an amusing tale of determining the U.S. largest island — Kodiak Island or the Island Of Hawaii. The debate was spurred by Sarah Palin’s calling Kodiak the biggest. The News concluded that Hawaii is the … Continue reading

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