Alaska: Denali Strikes Back

To the twelve eager mountaineers who struck out last month to climb Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak, the adventure did not seem too formidable. Since the first assault on McKinley in 1903, only four climbers had died on its slopes, while more than 100 people have attained the summit. Thanks in part to the National Park Service, which firmly winnows some 300 applications a year, at least half a dozen expeditions annually make a safe and often successful try to ascend Denali—the Great One—as Yukon Indians call the mountain.

Even so,...

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