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DENALI: THE COMPLETE GUIDE is the most comprehensive guide to one of North America's best-known parks. This sweeping reference to Denali National Park and Preserve details in words, pictures, and maps, all the information the traveler needs for a great Denali experience.
Explore Denali by bus, car, train, bike, boat, or foot. Raft whitewater rapids, pick berries, climb the continent's highest mountain, backpack through forest and tundra, watch grizzlies dig for ground squirrels,...
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Overview

DENALI: THE COMPLETE GUIDE is the most comprehensive guide to one of North America's best-known parks. This sweeping reference to Denali National Park and Preserve details in words, pictures, and maps, all the information the traveler needs for a great Denali experience.
Explore Denali by bus, car, train, bike, boat, or foot. Raft whitewater rapids, pick berries, climb the continent's highest mountain, backpack through forest and tundra, watch grizzlies dig for ground squirrels, share a ridgetop with Dall sheep, attend sled-dog demonstrations, go on ranger-guided hikes, or camp in solitude within glacially carved valleys. In the winter, ski, snowshoe, or drive sled-dog teams across the darkened, frozen landscape and stand beneath the dancing northern lights.
From the natural history of Mount McKinley (called Denali, "The High One," by Natives) and the surrounding region, to the human history of the mountain and the park, to the many climbs, both victorious and tragic, DENALI: THE COMPLETE GUIDE captures the mystique of this fascinating place. Readers will love the particulars about south Denali, the backcountry of the park, the flora and fauna of the area, and Denali in winter. Even casual travelers will find in-depth information about the entrance area and Denali Park road, including checklists for mammals, birds, and plants. "The beauty of Sherwonit's writing style is not flash, but rather a subtlety that renders him nearly invisible. A journalist by trade, he demonstrates considerable skill in blending voluminous historical detail into highly readable prose, placing the right quotation in just the right spot. In this way he seamlessly weaves text, quotes, andjournal excerpts into a wonderfully homogenous whole. The overall effect makes the reader feel like an eyewitness to the events."-Joseph Ferguson, Climbing magazine
"The beauty of Sherwonit's writing style is not flash, but rather a subtlety that renders him nearly invisible. A journalist by trade, he demonstrates considerable skill in blending voluminous historical detail into highly readable prose, placing the right quotation in just the right spot. In this way he seamlessly weaves text, quotes, and journal excerpts into a wonderfully homogenous whole. The overall effect makes the reader feel like an eyewitness to the events."-Joseph Ferguson, Climbing magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405612
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Sherwonit is an outdoors/nature writer.

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Table of Contents

Overview Map 6
1. A Place Called Denali 7
Daylight Hours 10
Temperature 12
Precipitation 12
Resources and Information 15
Part I The Story of Denali
2. A Natural History of Denali 18
The Making of Denali's Mountains 19
Glaciers Sculpt the Landscape 23
Ancient Plant and Animal Communities 26
The Plants and Animals of Today's Denali 30
A Moving Picture 37
3. The People of Denali 38
The First People 38
Human History Timeline of the Denali Region 41
Mapping the Denali Region 42
The Gold Seekers 43
Charles Sheldon and the Founding of Mount McKinley National Park 46
Harry Karstens, First Park Superintendent 50
Adolph Murie and the Wolves of Mount McKinley 53
Park Development, 1928-72 56
Park Expansion: Denali National Park and Preserve 60
Preserving Denali's Spirit 62
4. Climbing The Mountain: A History of Hardship and Triumph 64
Early Climbs 65
The Sourdough Expedition 68
McKinley or Denali? 70
Summit Conquest: Hudson Stuck and the South Peak 72
Bradford Washburn and the West Buttress 74
Other Denali Milestone Expeditions 76
Contemporary Climbing: Pleasures and Perils 78
Denali Mountaineering Firsts 79
Beyond Denali 80
To the Top: A Novice Survives the West Buttress 97
Resources and Information 102
Part II Exploring Denali
South Denali Map 104
5. South Denali 105
Traveling the Parks Highway 107
The Chulitna River 110
The Denali Highway 119
Riding the Alaska Railroad 120
The Challenge of Discovery 123
Travel Tips for Denali State Park 124
Resources and Information 126
Entrance Area Map 128
6. Exploring the National Park Entrance 129
Trails around the Taiga 130
The Visitor Center 131
Ranger Interpretive Programs 132
Hiking Trails 136
To the Tundra 143
Healy and the Stampede Trail 148
Down the River 150
Entering Denali 152
A Guided Walk 152
Resources and Information 156
Park Road Map 162
7. Traveling the Park Road 163
Denali's Bus System 164
Primrose Ridge: Savage River to Sanctuary River (Mile 15-Mile 23) 165
Teklanika: Sanctuary River to Teklanika River (Mile 23-Mile 31) 167
Igloo Forest and Canyon: Teklanika River to Sable Pass Closure Sign (Mile 31-Mile 38) 169
Sable Pass: Closure to East Fork River (Mile 38-Mile 43.5) 170
Polychrome Pass: East Fork River to Toklat River (Mile 43.5-Mile 53) 172
Highway Pass and Stony Hill: Toklat River to Eielson Visitor Center (Mile 53-Mile 66) 174
Muldrow Glacier: Eielson Visitor Center to Wonder Lake (Mile 66-Mile 85) 176
Resources and Information 179
Denali National Park and Preserve Map 184
8. Hiking the Backcountry 185
Choosing a Hike 187
Preparing for Backcountry Challenges 190
Backcountry Gear Essentials 191
The Grizzly Family 213
Choosing a Destination 216
Leave-No-Trace Practices 219
In Case of an Emergency 222
Safe Behavior in Bear Country 225
Resources and Information 229
9. Wildlife and Plants 232
Mammals 232
Wildlife Viewing and Photography Guidelines 253
Birds 256
Plants 261
10. Denali in Winter 270
Winter Travel 271
Winter Gear 272
Winter Weather at Denali 274
The Northern Lights 276
Viewing the Aurora Borealis 277
Winter Wildlife 278
South Denali 280
The Essence of Denali 281
Resources and Information 282
Checklist of Denali Mammals 284
Checklist of Denali Birds 286
Checklist of Denali Plants 294
Recommended Reading 300
Acknowledgments 305
Index 306
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    Good book over all

    Over all a good introduction to Denali, I will definantly take useful info from it. It does have a winter section, which is when Im going, but I wish it had more on it. Understandable though as less peopel go then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    Denali

    I note an error in a term in the review. The Natives call Denali 'The Great One.'

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