With around 75% of the estimated 1,100 climbers already checked in to climb Denali this season, we have counted over 300 participating. This is an exceptional number – almost three times as many as rangers originally anticipated! We’ve seen tremendous participation from all over the globe, including climbers from Poland, Russia, Argentina, Netherlands, Ukraine, South Africa, Nepal, Canada, and Australia.
As of June 1, eighteen participating teams have completed their climbs and successfully packed off all their waste -- including three guided parties from American Alpine Institute and Alpine Ascents International.
Rangers and staff are collecting valuable feedback on the pack-outs from returning climbers. With the widespread participation from both big teams and small ones, an array of excellent ideas have been shared on efficient caching strategies, storage/transportation, as well as other words of support for the program.
NPS rangers will study this feedback over the winter to develop and share new ideas on how to best implement a future waste management program.
Congratulations – and thank you -- to all these participants!
A climbing team from New Mexico recently returned from Denali having successfully packed out all their human waste...including Peter Geib, Jared Purcell, and Andreas Schmidt. NPS Photo/Roger Robinson
And if you haven’t listened to it already, you can listen in to a recent KTNA 88.9 FM Community Radio interview "Stepping up the game on Denali's human waste" with Ranger Roger Robinson, one of the worldwide leaders in promoting clean climbing ethics.