Denali (Mount McKinley)

mt mckinley denali national park

Summit Elevation Continent Country Range First
(Mount McKinley)
6 194 m
20 320 ft

North America United States Alaska Range 1913

Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska, is the highest mountain peak in North America and in the United States, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level. Measured base-to-peak, it is the tallest mountain on land.
It is the third most prominent peak in the world after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

1896 - 1902: Surveys by Robert Muldrow, George Eldridge, Alfred Brooks.
1903: First attempt, by Judge James Wickersham.
1910: The Sourdoughs ascend the North Summit.
1912: The Parker-Browne attempt almost reaches the South Summit.
1913: First (South Summit) ascent by Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck and Robert Tatum.
1947: Barbara Washburn becomes the first woman to reach the summit as her husband Bradford Washburn becomes the first to summit twice.
1967: First winter ascent, via the West Buttress, by Dave Johnston, Art Davidson and Ray Genet.
1970: First solo ascent by Naomi Uemura.
1972: Sylvain Saudan, "Skier of the Impossible", skis down the sheer southwest face, conquered for the first time by skier or climber.

Weather station

In June 2002, a weather station was placed at the 19,000-foot (5,800 m) level. This weather station was designed to transmit data in real-time for use by the climbing public and the science community. Since its establishment, annual upgrades to the equipment have been performed with instrumentation custom built for the extreme weather and altitude conditions. This weather station is one of only two weather stations in the world located above 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

The weather station recorded a temperatures of −75.5 °F (−59.7 °C) on December 1, 2003. On the previous day, November 30, 2003, a temperature of −74.4 °F (−59.1 °C) combined with a wind speed of 18.4 miles per hour (29.6 km/h) to produce a North American record windchill of −118.1 °F (−83.4 °C).

Even in July, temperatures as low as −22.9 °F (−30.5 °C) and windchills as low as −59.2 °F (−50.7 °C) have been recorded by this weather station.

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