Climbing the Ridge at 17,000'
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.