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2 Men Tried to Ascend Denali. Then It All Fell Apart
What Led to a
1K-Foot Fall on Denali

What Led to a 1K-Foot Fall on Denali

Kelsey Vlamis explores the fateful ascent attempt in a piece for Insider

(Newser) - At Denali's 14 Camp, some climbers decide to call it quits. It's where the upper mountain begins, and where the already challenging journey to the Alaskan summit becomes even more treacherous. It's a decision made for safety's sake, but as Kelsey Vlamis explains in a lengthy...

Climber Attempting Denali Summit Dies

Cause of death appears 'consistent with sudden cardiac arrest'

(Newser) - A New Jersey man attempting to climb North America's highest peak on Friday night collapsed and died just 610 feet from the summit. Fernando Birman had reached 19,700 feet of elevation on Denali in Alaska when he collapsed; CPR was started immediately, but he never regained a pulse,...

Body of Missing Climber on Tallest US Peak Is Found

Austrian Matthias Rimml apparently fell on Alaska's Mount Denali

(Newser) - The first person to try climbing North America's tallest summit this season has lost his life in the attempt. Rangers at Denali National Park in Alaska say they spotted the body of 35-year-old Austrian climber Matthias Rimml, who had set out on a solo attempt to scale the 20,...

Another Grizzly Attack, This Time in Denali

Man uses bear spray, gets away

(Newser) - Grizzly attacks have been making headlines in recent months, but the latest story has a happier ending. A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park was attacked Monday night, but managed to deploy bear spray, which the park service believes may have cut the attack short. The bear, who had...

The Hunt Is On for Survivors of Denali Plane Crash

Pilot, 4 passengers went down near Thunder Mountain

(Newser) - Peering through low cloud cover, rescuers aboard a military aircraft on Sunday were attempting to find a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard a day earlier in Alaska, high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his satellite...

Honeymoon Was Supposed to Last a Year. Then, a Slip

New bride survives 1,000-foot slide on Denali

(Newser) - Polish newlyweds Magdalena Czarnecka and Michael Wangrat planned to take a full year for their honeymoon, first climbing Denali in Alaska, then trekking from Montana to New Mexico via the Continental Divide Trail before ultimately ending up in Central America. Instead, just 10 days into the epic trip, as Czarnecka...

New Rules Coming for Climbers' Poop on Denali

Study finds fecal matter dumped over the past decade isn't decomposing as it needs to

(Newser) - Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably isn't decomposing the human waste, the AP reports. Michael Loso, a glacier geologist,...

Female Climber Sets Speed Record on Denali

Katie Bono, 29, makes round trip in 21 hours, fastest time by a woman

(Newser) - In what has been a tough year for climbers on Alaska's Mount Denali, a female American climber has just set a speed record, reports Outside magazine. Katie Bono, 29, left base camp at 6am on June 13, reached the summit in 40-below temperatures, and returned to camp 21 hours...

Climber Dies on North America's Highest Peak

Body likely will not be recovered from Denali Friday

(Newser) - The National Park Service in Alaska says a climber has died on Denali, North America's highest mountain, the AP reports. The name, gender, and nationality of the climber were not immediately released pending notification of the climber's family. Denali's summit is at 20,310 feet. The park...

Oddest Part of Reaching the Peak of Every US State: Florida

Britton Hill sits just 345 feet above sea level

(Newser) - Traveling to all 50 states is a fairly common goal—summitting the highest peak in each state, less so. In fact, per records kept by the Highpointers Club, fewer than 300 people have managed the feat. Succeeding at the undertaking means climbing all 20,310 feet of Alaska's Denali—...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

Plane Crashes in Alaska's Denali Park

All 3 on board dead

(Newser) - A cargo plane crashed in Denali National Park in Alaska, killing all three people on board and sparking a forest fire. "The plane pretty much disintegrated," said a park spokeswoman. Members of the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene today. Identities of the...

Rift Widens Between Palin, New Senator

His frustration at project delays is 'uninformed,' officials say

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's relationships with junior Sen. Mark Begich and her predecessor in the governor's office just keep getting testier and testier, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Both Begich and former Gov. Frank Murkowski have complained of late that a proposed gas pipeline from Alaska to the rest of the country...

Star Light, Star Bright
Star Light,
Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

To have a real celestial experience, get away from urban hotspots

(Newser) - There's no better season than summer for sleeping outdoors under the stars. Get your fill of the Big Dipper at USA Today's ideal star-gazing spots:
  1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Md./Va.
  2. Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
  3. Big Bend National Park, Texas

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