“Everything was cold. Even our souls were cold.” —Dougal Haston, In High Places (1972)

Denali Fast Facts

  1.   Denali ist he farthest north of the Seven Summits, at 63 degrees north latitude.
  2.   Chad Kellogg holds the speed ascent record on Denali, at fourteen hours, twenty-two minutes.
  3.   In mid-summer on Denali it is always light, so you won’t need a headlamp.
  4.   In winter, Denali is one of the coldest places on earth.
  5.   The United States bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for about two cents an acre.

Altitude: 20,320 feet (6194m)

Summit GPS WAypoints: N 6306.9256, W15101.5472

Elevation Gain: (base camp to summit) 12,717 feet (3877m)

Distance: (base camp to summit) 18 miles( 29km)

Difficulty Ratings: Technical:3, Physical:5

Time: (door to door) 31 days

Season: Beginning of May–mid-July



Lying in the heart of the 600-mile-long (960-km-long) Alaska Range, Mount McKinley, or Denali, is the largest mountain in North America, rising 20,320 feet (6194 m) above sea level. Denali towers almost 18,000 feet (5500 m) above the surrounding tundra, giving it more vertical rise than Mount Everest.

Other Activities:

Touring Denali National Park and Preserve, Fishing, Hunting, Rafting, Sightseeing