100th anniversary of conquest of North America’s highest peak
One hundred years ago today, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck and Robert Tatum reached the 20,320-foot summit of Mt. McKinley from this commanding mountain’s north side. Today, the continent’s highest peak is known by its Koyukon Athabaskan name of Denali (“The High One”), or as Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park.
The main feature of this centennial year is a guided climb by descendants of Harper, Karstens and Stuck. The party is making the “Denali 2013 Centennial Climb” following the historic pioneer route up the mountain from its north side. In partnership with Alaska Geographic, the park has produced a new exhibit about the climb, “First Ascent of Denali 1913-2013,” for display at the Eielson Visitor Center, near the base of Mount McKinley at Mile 66 of the Denali Park Road, that opened on June 1 and will remain until September 16. Some aspects of the exhibit may also be duplicated for display at the Talkeetna Ranger Station.