Celebrating the first summit of Mount McKinley
"Anyone who thinks that the climbing of Denali is a picnic is badly mistaken." -- Hudson Stuck
οOn June 7, 1913, four men stood on the top of Mount McKinley, or Denali as it was called by the native Koyukon Athabaskans, for the first time. By achieving the summit of the highest peak in North America, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck and Robert Tatum made history. One of the party, Harry Karstens, would continue to have an association with the mountain and the land around it by becoming the first superintendent of the fledgling Mount McKinley National Park, which would be renamed Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980.
Planning is underway for several events and exhibits to celebrate the centennial.
Denali Backcountry Adventures (DBA), an annual backpacking camp for high school students, has special events planned for 2013! In celebration of the Summit Centennial, students will take a flight over the Alaska Range and interact with Denali Mountaineering Rangers as they launch a summit attempt from Kantishna. DBA will take place June 2 - 7, 2013. Registration through Denali Education Center starts at 9 am on April 22nd.
Fostering Diversity in the Outdoors
Expedition Denali is a historical undertaking by the first African American team to attempt to summit Denali.The expedition, and the two-year outreach initiative afterwards, will provide a platform for its members to be role models and inspire young people, particularly African American youth, to get outside and be active.
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