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Denali National Park

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[Climbing expedition up Mount McKinley]

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Denali, a half-day drive north of Anchorage, preserves the heart of the Alaska range. It is a park which contains an extraordinary variety of wildlife, in its vast tundra and taiga expenses, more than any other in the United States. Its main feature, however, is Mount McKinley (20320 feet, 6200m) the highest mountain in North America, and its satellite peaks, which are magnificent mountains on their own, but are here dwarfed by the big mountain.

Altitude is not everything: the vertical relief of the mountain is 18000 feet (5500 meters), and its latitude, just a few hundreds miles below the artic circle can bring some of the coldest weather anywhere, especially during the fierce Alaskan storms, when winds rage over 100mph and temperatures drop -40. For those reason, climbing Mt McKinley combines the challenges of a high-altitude climb with those of a polar expedition. Each year, about a thousand climbers seek to reach the summit, the vast majority of them through the technically easy West Buttress route, and about half of them succeed. In the spring of 1993, I set out to traverse the summit solo by ascending the technical West Rib. Thanks to favorable weather conditions, I was able to reach my goal in a total of 18 days. See pictures of the expedition. I returned to the Park in 2000 to admire the summit from the tundra. The access is made easier by a shuttle system which let you reach the heart of the Park, while eliminating private automobile trafic.

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Aurora and stars above Alaska range. Denali National Park ( color) Spruce trees at Sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Mc Kinley and Chulitna River at sunset. Denali National Park ( color) Yellow aspens and Panorama Range, Riley Creek drainage. Denali National Park ( color) Late afternoon light on tundra and smaller mountain range. Denali National Park ( color) Mountain landscape with crimson tundra. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Berry plants in autumn color with early snow on mountains. Denali National Park ( color) Berry leaves, trees, and mountains in fog with dusting of fresh snow. Denali National Park ( color) Spruce trees and tundra covered by fresh snow, near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Hills and mountains near Sable Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Group of Dall sheep. Denali National Park ( color) Wide braided rivers, Alaska Range, and clouds, late afternoon. Denali National Park ( color) Gravel bars of the Toklat River. Denali National Park ( color) Grizzly bear on river bar. Denali National Park ( color) Braids of the Mc Kinley River near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra landscape with red berry plants and Alaskan mountains. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Dwarf tundra plants. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Mt Mc Kinley from Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Tranquil autumn evening with Mount McKinley reflections. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Wonder Lake and Mt McKinley at dusk. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska range panorama in winter. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Mt Mc Kinley in the clouds from Wonder Lake area. Denali National Park ( color) North Face of Mt McKinley above Thorofare Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Foraker and Kahilna Peaks seen from the West Rib of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Foraker and Mt Mc Kinley emerge from  sea of clouds. Denali National Park ( color) Summit of Mt Foraker and Mt Mc Kinley emerging from  clouds. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Foraker and Mt Mc Kinley emerge from a sea of clouds. Denali National Park ( color) Denali and Mt Hunter at dawn in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska range and boreal forest in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska range, winter sunrise. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Mt McKinley under clear winter sky at sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) First light on Denali in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Denali, winter sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley, winter sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Hunter, winter sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska range peaks rising above forest at sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska range in winter, early morning. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley seen from the south. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley rises above Alaska range in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley South and North peaks in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Interpretive sign, Alaska range. Denali National Park ( color) Interpretive sign, forest and Alaska range. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Mc Kinley at sunrise from Denali State Park. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Huntington and Mt Hunter at sunrise. Denali National Park ( color) Wide river and Alaska range at sunset. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Alaska range and sunset sky. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Mt Mc Kinley from Denali State Park. Denali National Park ( color) Northern lights above Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Aurora above Mt McKinley, winter. Denali National Park ( color) Northern lights  above Alaska range. Denali National Park ( color) Aspens in fall colors and mountains near Riley Creek. Denali National Park ( color) Aspens in yellow  fall colors and Panorama Range, Riley Creek drainage. Denali National Park ( color) Mountain landscape with aspens in fall color. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Yellow aspens and boreal forest. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Aspens in yellow fall foliage amongst conifers, Riley Creek drainage. Denali National Park ( color) Aspen trees in fall foliage and Panorama Mountains, Riley Creek. Denali National Park ( color) Aspen trees in bright autumn colors, Riley Creek drainage. Denali National Park ( color) Hillside with aspens in fall colors. Denali National Park ( color) Hillside with Aspens in fall colors and fresh snow. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and mountain range near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range and tundra from near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Mosaic of colors on tundra and lower peaks in stormy weather. Denali National Park ( color) Autumn bushes, tundra, and Alaska range at dusk. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range at dusk from near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Alaska range in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Tundra landscape. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Tundra scenery with trees and mountains in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Tundra in fall colors near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Spruce trees, tundra, and peaks with fresh snow. Denali National Park ( color) Fog and fresh snow on tundra near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Boreal landscape with tundra, forest, and snowy mountains. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Northern latitudes scenery in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Autumn tundra landscape with fresh dusting of snow. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Misty mountain scenery with fresh snow on tundra. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Tundra scenery with early fresh snow. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Spruce trees and tundra covered by fresh snow, near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Fresh snow on tundra and berry leaves. Denali National Park ( color) Fresh snow on tundra near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, spruce trees, and mountains with fresh snow in fall. Denali National Park ( color) Dusting of snow on the tundra and spruce trees near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Dusting of fresh snow and autumn colors on tundra near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Fresh snow on berry plants near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Dusting of snow and tundra fall colors  near Savage River. Denali National Park ( color) Riley Creek in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Bare forest in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Riley Creek drainage and mountains in winter. Denali National Park ( color) Trees and mountains in winter, Denali visitor center window reflexion. Denali National Park ( color) Forest with bare trees, Denali visitor center window reflexion. Denali National Park ( color) Ice sculpture of bear reading about humans. Denali National Park ( color) Ice sculpture with woman and bear. Denali National Park ( color) Gentle valley and river with low vegetation. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Alaska Range near Sable pass. Denali National Park ( color) Rainbow and mountains near Sable Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Red bushes on hillside, and cloud-capped mountains. Denali National Park ( color) Creek near Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra-covered foothills and valley. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Northern mountain landscape in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Rocky creek, trees, and snowy mountains in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Misty mountain landscape with fresh now and autumn colors. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Fresh snow and Polychrome Mountains. Denali National Park ( color) Fresh dusting of snow on autumn brush mountains in fog. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra in autumn color and Polychrome Mountains in fog. Denali National Park ( color) Wide valley with braided rivers and Alaska Range at sunrise from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, braided rivers, Alaska Range at sunrise from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Wide mountain valley with braided river. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Evening light on Alaska Range. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Mountain landscape with clouds. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Alaskan scenery with wide braided rivers and mountains. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Passing of seasons in Alaska mountains. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Alaskan mountain landscape with wide river valley. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Berry plants, braided rivers, Alaska Range in early morning from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range, braided rivers, and shrubs from Polychrome Pass, morning. Denali National Park ( color) Berry plants, wide valley and gravel bars from seen from above, morning. Denali National Park ( color) Braided river and Alaska Range from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Braided river from Polychrome Pass, morning. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra in autumn color and braided river in rainy weather. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra in fall color and braided river below, from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range and sky, Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, wide valley with rivers, Alaska Range in the evening from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, braided rivers, Alaska Range at Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and braided rivers from Polychrome Pass, afternoon. Denali National Park ( color) Tarn lakes, tundra, and snowy mountains of Alaska Range with patches of light. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range and clouds from Polychrome Pass, evening. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, braided rivers, Alaska Range in the evening from Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Alaska Range near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Alaska Range from Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra, Alaska Range, and Denali near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Mount McKinley rises above autumn tundra. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Halo above Alaska Range. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Mc Kinley in the clouds from Wonder Lake area. Denali National Park ( color) River cut in tundra foothills near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra in fall colors and river cuts near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Foothills covered with tundra near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Sand bar and braided river. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Wide braided river and aspens in autumn. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Aspen trees and braids of the Mc Kinley River near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Aspen trees bordering immense sand bar valley with braids of the McKinley River. Denali National Park ( color) Braids of the McKinley River on sand bar near Eielson. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra with Low lying leaves in bright red autumn colors. Denali National Park ( color) Red tundra flat and Alaska Range in the distance. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Alaska Range near Wonder Lake. Denali National Park ( color) Blueberries in the fall. Denali National Park ( color) Dwarf tundra plants with red fall colors. Denali National Park ( color) Dwarf tundra plants close-up. Denali National Park ( color) Dwarf tundra plants in autumn. Denali National Park ( color) Carpet of berry plants in autumn with distant Alaska Range. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Autumn boreal forest and tundra on slope. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Pond, spruce trees and tundra near Wonder Lake. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and conifers on hillside with autumn colors. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Wonder Lake. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra in autumn colors and snowy mountains of Alaska Range. Denali National Park ( color) Tundra and Mt McKinley range, late afternoon light. Denali National Park ( color) Seasons passing on the tundra. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Tundra landscape with Mount McKinley. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Mt Mc Kinley above Wonder Lake, evening. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Mc Kinley above Wonder Lake, evening. Denali National Park ( color) Mt McKinley in the fog from Reflection pond, dawn. Denali National Park ( color) Pastel landscape with Mount McKinley reflected in lake. Denali National Park (Panoramic color) Frozen braided rivers. Denali National Park ( color) Mountain ridge and glacier. Denali National Park ( color) North Face of Mt Hunter. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Foraker and moon at twilight. Denali National Park ( color) Lower section of West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Upper section of West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Kahilna peaks and Mt Foraker seen from 16000ft on Mt Mc Kinley. Denali National Park ( color) Kahilna peaks seen from 16000ft on Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Mt Foraker seen from Mt McKingley at twilight. Denali National Park ( color) Summit Ridge of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Mountaineers at the base of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) High-altitude camp on the West Rib  of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Balcony Camp, on the West Rib  of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Mountaineers descend West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Mountaineers climb West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park ( color) Bull Moose in boreal forest. Denali National Park ( color) Cow Moose with motion blur. Denali National Park ( color) Grizzly bear on distant river bar in tundra. Denali National Park ( color) Grizzly bear and cub digging for food. Denali National Park ( color) Two Grizzly bears playing. Denali National Park ( color) Grizzly bear and Alaska range. Denali National Park ( color) Two Dall sheep. Denali National Park ( color) Group of Dall sheep. Denali National Park ( color) Two Dall sheep on hillside. Denali National Park ( color) Dall sheep standing on hillside. Denali National Park ( color) Dall sheep laying on hillside. Denali National Park ( color) Dall sheep near Sable Pass. Denali National Park ( color) Group of Dall sheep. Denali National Park ( color) Distant view of Dall sheep on hillside. Denali National Park ( color) Hillside with many distant  Dall sheep. Denali National Park ( color) Two Dall sheep climbing on hillside. Denali National Park ( color) Photographer at Polychrome Pass. Denali National Park ( color)
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Themes: Denali Fall Colors , Denali National Park Night, Mt Foraker, Mt McKinley