Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America Tauheed Ahmad January 21, 2017 Travel 1189 Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet above sea level perhaps the single most inspiring mountain in the world all higher peaks are in the greater Himalaya or in the Andes, part of giant mountain ranges. In 1897 the Mountain was officially named Mount McKinley, after the popular United States president William McKinley. It is a massive snowy mass, flanked by five giant glaciers and myriad icefalls. It dominates the horizon from as far south as Cook Inlet, 200 miles away, and as far north as Fairbanks, 150 miles away. Its steep unbroken south slope rises 17,000 feet in twelve miles. Five main ridges extend from the summit, and several spurs and buttresses extend from these. The mountain is progressively more known by its native name, “Denali”, which means The Great One in the Athabaskan language. Denali is also the name preferred by the mountaineering community. Denali is not a particularly difficult climb technically, but the weather is more severe here than anywhere else in the world and countless lives has been lost attempting the ascent. The number of attempts on the summit has increased dramatically in the recent years, and a greater percentage of these are ending in failure. This is really a heart of Alaska, and famous as “coldest” mountain in the world and as beautiful as it is dangerous. This is where Mrs Fahrenheit and Mr Celsius meet secretly at night: -40 degrees. In any given climbing season, more than 1000 mountaineers attempt its summit. It’s an astonishing geological feature which seems to have limitless faces as the variations in light render its views exceptional on a daily basis. Although ascent of Mount McKinley is considered a serious undertaking made difficult by the cold, the weather, and the sheer scale of the massive mountain. The climbing season starts from mid-April until mid-July, since before then it is too cold, and after that too stormy and the snow too mushy and unstable from too much sun. First ascent of the main summit of Mount McKinley came on June 7, 1913 by a party led by Hudson Stuck. The first man to reach the summit was Walter Harper, an Alaska Native. Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum also made the summit. They ascended the Muldrow Glacier route pioneered by the earlier expeditions, which is still a popular route today. Some of major facts of Mount McKinley are as below. Elevation (feet): 20,320 Elevation (meters): 6,194 Continent: North America Country: United States Range/Region: Alaska Range Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. State: Alaska Latitude: 63.0694 Longitude: -151.004 Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun Year first climbed: 1913 First successful climber(s): Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, W. Harper, R. Tatum Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska Convenient Center: Talkeetna, Alaska Originally posted 2014-09-13 10:00:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Related Posts“Gangkhar Puensum” World’s Highest Unclimbed MountainThe Nevado Chachani; A Popular Climbing Destination in PeruThe Natural Beauty of Mount Kirkjufell Will Induce You to Fly To IcelandJabal Al-Noor, The Mountain of Light in MakkahMount Benbulbin is Famous For Dangerous Climbing Destination in IrelandDrone discovers Remarkable Glacier Hidden in the Himalayas, that nobody will photograph it again.The Burning Mountain of New South Wales, AustraliaThe Spectacular Pilatus Railway in Switzerland Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.