Elevation

20,310 ft / 6,190 m

Prominence

20,146 ft / 6,140 m

Summits

36 summits

Top climbing months

June   46%

May   29%

July   10%

Most climbed route

West Buttress

Highlights

  • Denali (at one point known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska is a monumentally prolific mountain and the centerpiece of Denali National Park.
  • Not only is Denali the highest mountain in North America, but it has the greatest vertical rise of any mountain in the world and a bulk larger than Mount Everest.
  • The mountain is also characterized by extremely cold weather, reaching -100 ¡F in one measurement.
  • Due to its extreme latitude, the air has less oxygen than equivalently high peaks near the equator, adding to the risk of altitude sickness for climbers.
  • Denali has two significant summits: the South Summit is the highest one, while the North Summit has an elevation of 19,470 feet.
  • Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain: Peters Glacier, Muldrow Glacier, Traleika Glacier, Ruth Glacier, and the Kahiltna Glacier.
  • By far the most popular climbing route on the mountain is the West Buttress Route pioneered by Bradford Washburn in 1951.
"Denali was a great experience! I was with my friend Ilina Arsova (the first Macedonian woman who climbed Everest) and the expedition lasted 22 days via West Buttress route. On the way back I got stacked in a storm in high camp for 3 days with a slight frostbite on my hand fingers. In the end everything was OK and I safely got down. Cold mountain!!" - FilipVasileski, May 24, 2016
"Made our way to 14 camp a day ahead of schedule. Cache at 16. Members of our team spent two days at 17 but were forced down due to deteriorating weather. Extended forecast was poor so decision was made to descend and we flew out after 16 days." - StoneMan, May 30, 2010
"Finally, after many years building my skill and knowledge of mountaineering, I bagged my highest summit and my 49th state highpoint. It took 15 days to ascend and only 2 days down. I lost 17 pounds during the ordeal and experienced temperatures as low as -30 degrees F with 40 mi/hr winds. That put the wind chill in the -90's degree F. This was the day before we summited. Needless to say, most of the time that day was spent inside the tent! On summit day the temperature was 10 degrees F with only 10 mi/hr winds. It felt like summertime compared to the day before. Nothing especially tech" - Stewy, Jun 23, 2000

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