To The Top of Denali: Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak

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In this revised and updated third edition, Bill Sherwonit brings to life the adventure, heroism, triumph, and tragedy of climbing North America's highest peak, Denali. He offers great insight and tales of daring adventure for both experienced climbers and armchair explorers who wonder why people climb mountains. The book contains stores about some of the best known personalities associated with the mountain —- from Bradford Washburn to Vern Tejas. Sherwonit has added new records and climbing data along with some ...

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Overview

In this revised and updated third edition, Bill Sherwonit brings to life the adventure, heroism, triumph, and tragedy of climbing North America's highest peak, Denali. He offers great insight and tales of daring adventure for both experienced climbers and armchair explorers who wonder why people climb mountains. The book contains stores about some of the best known personalities associated with the mountain —- from Bradford Washburn to Vern Tejas. Sherwonit has added new records and climbing data along with some stories of new faces who have attempted the climb. He also updated the Park Service rules regarding climbing Denali.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These marvelous stories demonstrate the risks and challenges of this 20,320-foot peak....An engaging and informative read."   —-The Booklist

"Bill Sherwonit's TO THE TOP OF DENALI is a compelling read. ..puts it in a league with such classics as Davidson's Minus 148."   —- Rock & Ice Magazine

"I enjoyed every minute of [this book] —- both [Sheronit's] own personal experiences on the dear old West Butrress and [his] discerning review of the mountain's absorbing history."       —- Bradford Washburn

Library Journal
Aptly nicknamed "the great one'' (Denali) by Alaskan natives, mighty Mt. McKinley and the mountaineers it has inspired are the subjects of this chronicle. A dozen climbs significant in Denali's history are described, as well as one typical of those experienced by average adventure climbers. Sherwonit, an outdoors writer based in Anchorage, presents all sides of the controversies provoked by the climbs and by National Park Service policies on use of Denali. The final chapters on the special problems that affect Denali's future -- rescue of incompetent or injured climbers, sanitation and trash, how many and what kind of guide services -- discuss topics unfamiliar to conservationists in the "lower 48.'' Recommended. --Paula M. Strain, M.L.S., Rockville, Md.
Booknews
This collection of articles, first published by Davidson in , will be of interest to mountain climbers and anyone who enjoys adventure literature. Some b&w photographs accompany the tales, which recount climbs on Mount McKinley from 1910 to the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882408941
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 543,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Sherwonit reached the summit of Denali in 1987 while a reporter for The Anchorage Times. He considers this accomplishment a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A freelance writer and photographer since 1992, Sherwonit has contributed to a wide range of national publications. He also compiled and edited the climbing anthology Alaska Ascents: World-Class Mountaineers Tell Their Stories. Bill has lived in Alaska since 1982.

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Carefully working their way along the ridge crest, the men noticed a strong breeze coming up the south face. Finally they came to an aluminum pole, sticking out of the ice. A moment passed before they realized the pole marked McKinley’s summit. Davidson, Johnston, and Genet grabbed each other in a three-way hug, shouted, and slapped each other’s shoulders in celebration. They’d made it; the first men to stand on North America’s top in winter.  

—-First Winter Ascent, Page 158

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Art Davidson, Preface, Acknowledgements, Ch 1 The Mountain, Ch 2 The Pioneers, Ch 3 The Sourdough Expedition 1910, Ch 4 Hudson Stuck and the First Ascent 1913, Ch 5 The 1932 Expeditions; Carpe and Lindley-Like, Ch 6 Bradford Washburn and the West Buttress, Ch 7 Cassin’s Conquest of the South Face, 1961, Ch 8 The First Winter Ascent, 1967, Ch 9 The Wilcox Expedition Disaster, 1967, Ch 10 Winter Solo Ascents: Waterman, Uemura, and Johnston, Ch 11 Winter Solo Ascents: Tejas and Staeheli, Ch 12 The Deadliest Season, 1992, Ch 13 Climber Self-Sufficiency and Rescues, Ch 14 Mountain of Trash, Ch 15 Guiding on McKinley, Ch 16 Looking to the Future, Notes, Glossary, Alaska Climbers Hall of Fame, Mount McKinley Firsts, Winter Ascents of Mt. McKinley Through 2011, Denali National Park and Preserve Climbing Services, Bibliography, Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Excellent History and Key Information of Denali

    Bill Sherwonit captures the spirit of Denali with this great collection of historical climbs. The book is very well written. My goal for reading this book was to learn more about the mountain for a possible future climb. I learned more than I had expected about Denali. Bill covered most of the historical climbs, but failed to mention speed records on McKinley. I was left wondering what the speed record for climbing McKinley was or is.

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