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Annual Mountaineering Summaries

Each year, the staff at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station compiles a summary of mountaineering activities in Denali National Park and Preserve. The 2013 Annual Mountaineering Summary is now available, and includes our yearly rescue and medical summaries, a statistical review, a rundown of notable ascents, and other articles about our mountaineering program and the people who help make it all happen.
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NPS Mountaineering Ranger Mark Westman and his volunteer patrol members David Gottlieb, Chandra Llewellyn, Forest McBrian, and Jim Shokes traverse Denali via the Muldrow Route.
NPS Photo: Mark Westman
Below are links to the summaries dating back to 1979.

(A current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to download, view and print these PDF files.)

Did You Know?

a green hillside and a brown scar denoting where a landslide occurred

Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.