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Mount McKinley : Icy Crown of North America - Fred Beckey

Mount McKinley

Icy Crown of North America

Paperback Published: 8th April 1993
ISBN: 9780898866469
Number Of Pages: 320

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Since its discovery in the late 1700s, Alaska's Mount McKinley has captivated legions. Native Americans were the first to feel Denali's spiritual power. Mountaineers have striven for its summit. Modern "wilderness tourists" are drawn to its awesome, rugged beauty. In this selective "biography" of Mount McKinley, renowned climber and mountain historian Fred Beckey pays tribute to one of the world's great mountains.
Beckey begins by exploring Nature's effects on the surrounding region: the relatively recent geologic development of McKinley within the Alaska Range; the extreme northern climate and latitude; and the influence of the Pleistocene Ice Age, of which there are glacial remnants today. A look at another shaping force - the indigenous peoples - includes the migration of early man across the Bering Land Bridge, and the influx of Russian fur traders and the first American prospectors.
An exploration of McKinley's mountaineering history follows, beginning with the gold seekers and the surveyors who were among the first to map and comprehend the region. Beckey then examines the efforts of those who first challenged McKinley, including the preposterous hoax of Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the novice but inspiring Sourdough expedition, the frustrations of Belmore Browne, and the first complete ascent by Hudson Stuck. The chronology continues with the ground-breaking work of Bradford Washburn and profiles of other notable summit achievements, including those of the author himself.
For those desiring a deeper understanding of the great arctic mountain, this book features chapters on serious mountaineering accidents, and the challenges and logistics of climbing McKinley. Information on planning, travel, regulations, suggested routes and equipment, and what to expect are covered. With personal anecdotes and previously unpublished photographs, Mount McKinley: Icy Crown of North America is a valuable reference for adventure readers, historians, and climbers everywhere.

Heinrich Harrer Reminiscesp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 14
Introductionp. 15
Geographic Settingp. 15
Geologyp. 21
Climate and the Northern Latitudep. 22
Glaciersp. 24
The Pleistocene Ice Agep. 29
The Arrival of Manp. 33
Mount McKinley Enters History
The European Discovery of Alaska and Mount McKinley: Russian Fur Traders Yield to American Settlementp. 41
The Wilderness Explorers of the Alaska Rangep. 52
Judge Wickersham Discovers Gold and Finds a Glacier on Mount McKinleyp. 63
A Search for Fame Leads to a Great Hoaxp. 75
The Sourdough Expeditionp. 98
The Greatest Heartbreak in Mountaineering Historyp. 110
A Missionary Leads the First Complete Ascentp. 117
The Hidden Crevasse and the First Tragedyp. 123
The Last Half Century: A Surge of Popularity and Accidents
The Western Route and the Ski-Wheel Airplanep. 132
A Buttress to Each McKinley Peakp. 139
Denali's Child - 1954p. 159
The Parachute Brigade Expeditionp. 167
The Italian Climb of the South Facep. 172
The Southeast Spurp. 179
The Winter Ascent: The Most Desperate of Oddsp. 187
Two Contrasting Expeditions: Success and Tragedy in July 1967p. 196
Alone Among the Elementsp. 214
Routes, Accidents, and Logistics
Four Route Descriptionsp. 220
Lucky Escapes and Terrible Accidentsp. 230
High-Altitude Medical Problemsp. 256
The Climbing Challengep. 259
The Logistics of Exploring and Climbing Mount McKinley: Travel, Backpacking, and Mountaineering Suggestionsp. 264
The Mount McKinley Experience: What to Expectp. 281
Appendix: Chronology of Events Related to Exploration and Ascents of Mount McKinleyp. 294
Bibliographyp. 300
Notesp. 305
Indexp. 314
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ISBN: 9780898866469
ISBN-10: 0898866464
Series: Mountaineers Bks.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th April 1993
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51