One stop during our road trip to northern Alaska in the fall of 2008 was to hike and camp in Denali National Park and Preserve. We hoped to catch a glimpse of Mount McKinley and the
Alaska Range from the northern side of the mountain. Click to view photos full size
Denali’s massive north face, the Wickersham Wall is over 13,000 feet high and named for Alaska’s Judge Wickersham who made an attempt on the wall in 1903, but it was not successfully climbed until 1963. Owing to its size, rapidly changing conditions and extremely cold weather Wickersham Wall is still one of the great mountaineering challenges of the world. A list of notable first assents on Denali can be found here.
This book is mountaineering classic. Come along on the harrowing ride up the frigid slopes of Mount McKinley in winter, where death, team disputes, and extreme conditions provide the riveting backdrop for the first successful winter climb to the summit.