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Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley
Elevation: 6,194 metres (20,320 feet)
Latitude: 63 5′ 51.34″N
Longitude: 151 0′ 19.86″W
Location: Alaska, United States
Topo map: USGS Mt. McKinley A-3
Range: Alaska Range
First ascent: 1913 expedition led by Hudson Stuck
Easiest route: West Buttress Route
"Denali" redirects here. For other meanings, see Denali (disambiguation).

Mount McKinley or Mount Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 6,194 metres (20,320 feet). It is commonly known as Denali, which means "the great one" in the Athabascan language, and which is also the official name recognized by the State of Alaska. McKinley, named after former U.S. president William McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park.

A 1903 claim of a first ascent by Dr. Frederick Cook was later proven fraudulent, and the first real ascent came on June 7, 1913 by a party led by Hudson Stuck. In 1947, Barbara Washburn became the first woman to reach the summit. The mountain is regularly climbed today, although it is still a dangerous undertaking, and there have been many fatalities.


  • Dow Scoggins, Discovering Denali
  • R. J. Secor, Denali Climbing Guide (Stackpole Books, 1998) ISBN 0811727173
  • Bradford Washburn et al Mount McKinley: The Conquest of Denali (Harry N. Abrams, 1991) ISBN 0810936119
  • Colby Coombs and Bradford Washburn, Denali's West Buttress: A Climber's Guide to Mount McKinley's Classic Route
  • Jonathan Waterman, Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley 1903-1990 (American Alpine Club, 1991)
  • Jonathan Waterman, In the Shadow of Denali: Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley (1994)
  • Art Davidson, Minus 148 Degrees: The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley, 3rd ed. (Mountaineers Books, 1999) ISBN 0898866871

External link

  • Denali (Mount McKinley) on Bivouac.com (http://bivouac.com/MtnPg.asp?MtnId=4368)

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Denali, the summit of North America. The seven summits, the highest peaks of the 7 continents! Trips, Statistics & ... (1063 words)
Denali (The High One) is the Native (Athabascan) American word for North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley in the mountain chain called the Alaska Range.
Denali was renamed Mount McKinley for William McKinley, a nominee for president, by the Princeton graduate and gold prospector, William Dickey.
Denali's most used route is the West Buttress route (80% of all climbs), which has seen more than 20,000 climbers, Roughly 50% of the climbers have reached the summit.
Denali National Park Information Guide (1779 words)
Denali, the "High One," is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak (Mount McKinley) that crowns the 600 mile long Alaska range.
Denali Wilderness, the former Mount McKinley Park, is managed to maintain the undeveloped wilderness parkland character.
Denali National Park additions, established by the ANILCA in 1980 (excluding Denali Wilderness), allow customary and traditional subsistence uses by local rural residents.
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