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Mountaineering Booklet

Mountaineering Booklet (2005 edition)

Mountaineering Booklet (2005 edition)

The booklet "Mountaineering in Denali National Park and Preserve" was written by park staff and medical advisors to help prepare climbers for the extreme mental and physical stresses associated with high altitude mountaineering. Topics covered in the booklet include:

  • Registration Requirements
  • General Information
  • Arctic High Altitude Mountaineering Medical Issues
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Climbing Clean

The booklet material was revised in 2005 containing updated regulations and medical information. For the most current fee information, however, please consult our Registration webpage. Climbers are also advised to read through Frequently Asked Questions About Mountaineering in Denali National Park.

Additionally, climbers should be advised of an IMPORTANT UPDATE to the booklet information regarding Radio Communications:

CITIZEN BAND (CB) RADIOS ARE NO LONGER USED. Alternatively, FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service, General Mobile Radio Service) radios, in recent years, have become the standard on Denali and in other parts of the Alaska Range. FRS units come in a wide variety, and we suggest a model that is at least 3, but preferably 5 watts. These will be able to broadcast farther and typically have better reception than the cheaper, less powerful units. The Park Service and the Base Camp flight manager attempt to monitor channel 1, (Frequency 462.5625MHz), 24 hours a day. Weather forecasts are broadcast on this channel at 8:00 pm daily.

English (pdf)
German (pdf)

Japanese (pdf)
Korean (pdf)

Polish (pdf)

Russian (pdf)

A registration code is required to be entered on your registration form and will not be accepted without it. The four digit code can be found by reading through the mountaineering booklet.

The brochure Trash and Waste Policies for Glacier Environments is also a helpful tool in planning an Alaska Range glacier expedition.

Did You Know?

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Visibility is an important component of measuring Denali's air quality. Visibility data, such as that from the Wonder Lake camera, supplements chemical data from filter samples. Air here is still clean, but traces of pollution from local, regional and international sources exists on filter samples.