Mount McKinley: The Conquest of Denali

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North America's highest peak, Alaska's Mount McKinley-also known as Denali-rises majestically to a height of 20,320 feet. The book recounts the eventful history of the mountain, which since 1902 has been the site of some of mountaineering's supreme achievements. Coupled with these tales of adventure from two expert climbers are the stunning photographs of Bradford Washburn, who has conquered McKinley three times. 120 illustrations, 41 in full color, 8 maps, 10 3/8 x 12" ...
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North America's highest peak, Alaska's Mount McKinley-also known as Denali-rises majestically to a height of 20,320 feet. The book recounts the eventful history of the mountain, which since 1902 has been the site of some of mountaineering's supreme achievements. Coupled with these tales of adventure from two expert climbers are the stunning photographs of Bradford Washburn, who has conquered McKinley three times. 120 illustrations, 41 in full color, 8 maps, 10 3/8 x 12"
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At 20,320 feet, Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, presents a formidable challenge to climbers and has claimed more than 60 lives. Washburn, retired director of the Boston Museum of Science, noted cartographer and a member of the third party to reach the summit (1942), produced stunning aerial photographs and finely detailed maps that opened new routes for climbers. Roberts made his first ascent as a college student in 1963. Together and alternately, they here recount adventures--successes, failures, tragedies--on the slopes of Mt. McKinley (Denali is its Indian name). The years 1904-1913 saw explorers and prospectors rather than experienced climbers: a trio of sourdoughs reached the top of North Peak (19,450) in 1910, wearing ordinary winter clothing and carrying only walking sticks and a shovel. Frederick Cook made a false claim for the summit in 1906; Hershel Parker and Belmore Brown were forced down by a storm in 1912; Henry Karstens and Charlie McGonagall took summit honors the following year. The 1930s brought intensive exploration and mapping activities aided by the use of ski planes. In the postwar period, climbers flocked to McKinley from all over the world, attempting new routes, going solo and in winter. During the summer of 1990, 600 climbers crowded up to the summit. Dramatic photographs and lively tales make this volume a rare momento of the mountain. (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810981942
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    Beautiful photos and history of the Alaska Range.

    This has the most incredible black & white, and color photos of the Alaska Range! The focus of the book is the history of exploration and climbing on Denali (Mt McKinley). The aerial photos Bradford Washburn took decades ago are still world famous to climbers attempting to gain the summit of the highest peak in North America. We met Barbara and Bradford Washburn at an American Alpine Club meeting several years ago when we were preparing for a trip to Alaska. They are the kind, modest, and the sweetest people you will ever meet, and at 90 years of age or more, they are still an inspiration to us all. This is an excellent book for all climbers or historians of adventure.

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