2018 Mountaineering Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP's)
Denali National Park is grateful to the 31 mountaineering patrol volunteers of 2018 who contributed a total of 6,952 work hours. (* denotes volunteers who have served multiple climbing seasons on Denali)
2017 Mountaineering Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP's)
The 36 mountaineering patrol volunteers of 2017 contributed a total of 9,616 work hours in protecting the mountain environment, providing medical and rescue assistance, and helping educate park visitors. Denali National Park could not do the job without them!
(* denotes volunteers who have served multiple climbing seasons on Denali)
In addition to Volunteers, other 2017 mountain patrol members include Alaska Air National Guard Pararescuemen Chris Bailey. Other NPS employees assisting on mountain patrols include Denali Law Enforcement Rangers David Olson and Dave Stack; Denali Dispatcher Jessica O'Connor; and Denali Kennels Manager Jennifer Raffaeli.
2016 Mountaineering Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP's)
The 31 mountaineering patrol volunteers of 2016 contributed a total of 7,436 work hours. (* denotes volunteers who have served multiple climbing seasons on Denali)
Thank you to all other (non-VIP) patrol members, including Alaska Air National Guard Pararescuement Cody Inman and Jeff Hamilton. We were also fortunate to work with visiting Grand Teton National Park climbing program manager Scott Guenther and climbing ranger GR Fletcher. Additional thanks to three 'northside' rangers, including Chief Ranger Erika Jostad and Law Enforcement Rangers Nick Beheler and David Olson.
2015 Mountaineering Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP's)
The 32 mountaineering patrol volunteers donated a combined total of 8,095 hours to protecting Denali in 2015.
(* denotes returning VIP's)
Four Pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard also served on patrols this season, including Pat Gault, Jason Dykstra, Chris Robertson, and Allen-Mikel Armstrong.
2014 Mountaineering Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP's)
Thank you to the invaluable mountaineering patrol volunteers who contributed 8,334 hours during the 2014 climbing season!
Last updated: December 6, 2018