First published in 1914, The Ascent of Denali offers a first hand account of the first successful summit of the highest peak on the American continent. This Illustrated edition offers several new features:
• More than 35 photographs document the adventure and successful summit
• All images have been digitally enhanced to offer the best possible detail, contrast, and clarity.
• Captions and detailed sub-captions provide explanation and context for all photographs
With a summit elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level, Denali, measured base-to-peak, it is the tallest mountain on land. Measured by topographic prominence, it is the third most prominent peak in the world after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. On June 7, 1913 – four men achieved the first summit of Denali. Robert Tatum, one of the 4-man party sums up the experience: "The view from the top of Mount McKinley is like looking out the windows of Heaven!
The author Hudson Stuck, provides a passionate and detailed first-hand account of conquering Mt. McKinley. You'll feel the frigid wind, the snow, the ice, the pain, the desperation, the elation of achieving the summit of the highest peak on the American continent.
If a book that explores deftly our desire to reach an unreachable summit appeals to you, this is your book.
Hudson Stuck (November 11, 1863 – October 10, 1920) with Harry P. Karstens co-led the first expedition to successfully climb the South Peak of Mount McKinley. Stuck, an Episcopal Archdeacon, was born in London and graduated from King's College London.
Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, Robert G. Tatum, Johnny, and Esaias departed from Nenana on March 17, 1913. They reached the summit of McKinley on June 7, 1913. Harper, of mixed Scottish and Alaska Native descent, reached the summit first