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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Mountaineering

Mountaineers on a glacier in a snowstorm
Photo courtesy of Menno Boermans
 
Ready to test your mountaineering and wilderness skills on North America's highest peak? Or maybe you are eyeing the vertical rock and ice walls that line the Ruth Gorge. World class mountaineering and climbing options abound in Denali National Park and Preserve. Let us help you plan for a safe and successful journey in the Alaska Range.

Denali Expedition Planning Tools

Required Reading for All Expedition Members: We revised and streamlined our former "Mountaineering Booklet". Now the most important life-saving, trip-enhancing, Denali-specific words of wisdom are contained in the following four pages:

Be sure to re-visit this section in months to come, as we add new features such as interactive maps, short video clips, and more.

Climbing Registration
All climbers attempting Mount McKinley (20,320 feet) or Mount Foraker (17,400 feet) must register with Denali National Park and Preserve at least 60 days in advance of the climb, as well as pay the Mountaineering Special Use Fee.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) About Mountaineering

Denali climbing rangers have created a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions to use as a resource in planning your expedition.

Backcountry Climbing and Mountaineering

The Alaska Range offers an amazing variety of remote climbing and backcountry skiing opportunities. The Backcountry Climbing and Mountaineering section currently offers basic trip planning information, with more area descriptions and features to be added in coming months.

Other Helpful Mountaineering Links

Contact Us

Registration and mountaineering ranger staff are available year-round at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station to answer your questions.

Contact ranger staff by E-mail, or:

Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station
PO Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676

(907) 733-2231 (phone)
(907) 733-1465 (fax)

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