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Here's the Next Mountain Name Up for Debate

Native Americans want to nix Harney Peak

(Newser) - With the dispute over Alaska's Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) now over , legislators can turn their attention to another mountain nomenclature debate. South Dakota's Harney Peak is named for Gen. William S. Harney, an Army general who was "one of the best-known military figures in America"... More »

Ohio Fuming Over New Name for Mount McKinley

GOP politicians attack decision, blame President Obama

(Newser) - Alaska Natives are certainly pleased that the mountain formerly known as McKinley is now officially Denali , the name people who, say, live in Alaska have called it for years. But those in Ohio, the home state of 25th president William McKinley, are peeved their man has lost the honor. John... More »

Obama Gives Mount McKinley a New Name

Old battle between Alaska, Ohio apparently comes to an end

(Newser) - Looks like North America's tallest mountain won't be Mount McKinley anymore. President Obama announced today that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, has renamed it Denali—restoring a name that Alaska Natives and state residents have used for years, Alaska Dispatch News reports. "I think for... More »

Feds Shrug at Glacial Fight Over Mount McKinley

National Park Service 'does not object' to name change

(Newser) - Score a halfhearted point for Alaska in the great Alaska-Ohio throwdown over what to call the nation's highest mountain, with the National Park Service shrugging and throwing a "sure, whatever" on the fire yesterday, reports NBC News . "The National Park Service appreciates the long history and public... More »

Solo McKinley Climber Found Dead in Snow

Climbers found Argentine man at 17.2K feet

(Newser) - A pair of climbers who made it to the 17,200-foot camp on Mount McKinley, aka Denali, discovered the body of a solo climber lying in snow in the middle of the plateau. Heraldo Javier Callupan, a 39-year-old man from Argentina, had no visible signs of trauma and "appears... More »

Ohio Blocks Renaming of Tallest US Mountain

They say McKinley, Alaska says Denali

(Newser) - Ohio is one of the flattest states in the US, but due to a quirky rule held by the federal board in charge of geographic names, the state effectively has control over the name of the country's highest mountain and is blocking efforts to change the name of the... More »

Climber Makes History on Mount McKinley

Lonnie Dupre becomes first to climb it solo in January

(Newser) - Thousands of people have climbed Mount McKinley, aka Denali, in solo expeditions during the summer. Not one has made it to the top of North America's highest peak alone in the brutal weather of January—until now. Lonnie Dupre, a 53-year-old Minnesota adventurer, became the first to do so... More »

Nation's Highest Peak Gets a Little Shorter

New mapping downgrades McKinley by 83 feet

(Newser) - The tallest peak in North America is a smidge shorter than thought: Mount McKinley is actually 20,237 feet high, down 83 feet from the previous measurement of 20,320, reports the News-Miner of Fairbanks. The new figure has nothing to do with shifting plates or melting glaciers, it's... More »

4 Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche

Mount McKinley search for survivors impeded by snow and wind

(Newser) - Four members of a Japanese climbing team are presumed dead after an avalanche swept them off a hill on Mount McKinley. US National Park Service officials say five people were traveling as one rope team early Thursday morning as part of a Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation expedition. One team member,... More »

US Climber, 15, Sets 7-Peak Record

Jordan Romero has climbed tallest mountain on each continent

(Newser) - While most of you were busily sucking down eggnog, Jordan Romero, the boy mountain climber who became the youngest to scale Mt. Everest , was down in Antarctica setting a seven-peak record. The 15-year-old reached the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif yesterday, making him the youngest to climb the tallest peak... More »

Mt. McKinley Claims 5th Life This Year

Climber apparently suffered heart attack soon after reaching the summit

(Newser) - A 52-year-old climber died on Mt. McKinley yesterday, soon after reaching the 20,320-foot summit, reports Reuters . After a 20-hour climb, Brian Young returned to the high camp, 3,000 feet below the summit, when he apparently suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing. Attempts to revive Young failed. His... More »

2 Die in Mt McKinley Fall

(Newser) - Two experienced climbers died this week trying to summit Mount McKinley, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The pair plunged at least 2,000 feet from the 20,320-foot mountain, North America’s tallest peak. Officials say it’s unclear whether the men reached the summit before their fall on Thursday... More »

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