Mount McKinley, AK
Mount McKinley, United States
Mount McKinley, AK Reviews
Tallest Mountain in America Sep 15, 2009
Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet altitude is the highest mountain in North America. And it is one of the most difficult to climb due to the extreme cold weather it offers. There is an automated station at the 18,700 foot level which has recorded −75.5 °F (−60 °C) and wind chill factors as low as −118.1 °F (−83 °C). Also, due to the latitude being so far north there is a much greater risk of altitude illness. And to this day only a little over 50% are successful and 3 of each one thousand die. The climbing season runs from mid-April until mid-July, since before then it is too cold, and after that too stormy and the snow too mushy and unstable from too much sun. Many climbers call the mountain by its original Native American name, Denali, meaning "great one". To many it seems a more fitting name than one memorializing the obscure 25th U.S. president, William McKinley. The U.S. Congress changed the name of the surrounding park to Denali National Park, but a congressman from Ohio (McKinley's home state) blocked the name change for the mountain itself. So the official name of the mountain remains Mount McKinley.
Part of the 2009 Cruise to and tour of Alaska travel blog
Part of the list State & National Parks & Monuments we have Visited.
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