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Ancorage Airport Mascot

Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, is in central Alaska - 300 miles South of the Arctic Circle and 200 miles East of the Bearing Sea.

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Team Dinner in Talkeetna - 2001

Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, is in central Alaska - 300 miles South of the Arctic Circle and 200 miles East of the Bearing Sea.

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Mid June 2007 Park Service Tote Board

Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, is in central Alaska - 300 miles South of the Arctic Circle and 200 miles East of the Bearing Sea.

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Denali National Park HQ

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Required Briefing by NPS Ranger

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Loading the Bush Plane in Talkeetna

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Alan on His Way

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Alaska Wildnerness near Talkeetna

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Sightseeing Plane out of Talkeetna

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Denali from the Air

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Airstrip on the Kahiltna Glacier - 7,000'

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Airstrip on the Kahiltna Glacier - 7,000'

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Airstrip on the Kahiltna Glacier - 7,000'

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Airstrip on the Kahiltna Glacier - 7,000'

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Heading Down Heartbreak Hill at Midnight

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Alpineglow on the Kahiltna Glacier

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Checking for Crevasses before Pitching Tents

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Digging a Cache

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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West Buttress Views

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Camp 2 under Motorcycle Hill

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Climbers heading up Motorcycle Hill

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Climbers with Skis

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Hauling Sleds up the West Buttress

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Carrying Empty Sleds Back from a Cache

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Carrying Empty Sleds Back from a Cache

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Drying Home Brought Fish at Camp 2

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Camp 2 from Motorcycle Hill

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Passing Time at Ranger Camp

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Passing Time at Ranger Camp

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Ranger Camp Snow Walls

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Cornice Above Camp 2 - Kahiltna Pass

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Cornice Above Camp 2 - Kahiltna Pass

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Cornice Above Camp 2 - Kahiltna Pass

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Ranger Camp at 14,200'

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Ranger Camp with Mt. Foraker Behind

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.

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Headwall from Ranger Camp

Denali offers some the the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth. With base camp at 7,200' and the summit at 20,320', this 13,120' of gain over twelve miles is larger than Cho Oyu (8,407) or even Everest (10,535).

After taking a bush plane to land on the Kahiltna Glacier, we began the climb using the West Buttress route. I made this climb in 2001 and 2007 without summiting both times.