In the Dena’ina native language, this mountain is known as “Begguya”, or “Denali’s Child”. Don’t let that name fool you; Mount Hunter is still taller than the highest point in the continental United States. The 14,573 ft (4,442 m) tall mountain rests only 8 miles (13 km) south of Denali, and is crowned by a glacial plateau.
Mount Foraker is the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, and third highest peak in the United States. This 17,400 ft (5,304 m) colossus has multiple native names, including “Sultana” (“The Woman”) and “Menlale” (“Denali’s Wife”). It was first climbed in 1934, and has been host to a series of expeditions since then.
“Denali” roughly translates to “the Great One”; it’s an impressive title, but doesn’t begin to describe the sheer awe that this 20,310 ft (6,190 m) giant inspires. Denali reigns as the highest mountain in North America, and the third highest of the Seven Summits.
10 miles (16 km) from Denali, Ruth Glacier cuts a breathtaking picture into the Alaskan landscape– quite literally. This glacier measures 3,800 ft (1,158 m) deep, and many of our glacier landings take place here.
Kahiltna Glacier is the longest glacier in Denali National Park, running a length of 45 miles (72 km). It serves as the starting point for many brave souls attempting to scale Denali and neighboring peaks.
A climbing route up Denali, named for Judge James Wickersham, who led a team on the first attempt for the summit in 1903. The original Wickersham and his team only reached 10,000 ft (3,048 m) up the sheer face. Today, Wickersham Wall stands as a 13,652 ft (4,161 m) continuous drop.
Denali's West Buttress
A pathway to Denali’s summit, the West Buttress was pioneered by famous photographer Bradford Washburn in 1951. Today, the Buttress is the most popular route up the mountain.
Located between Harper Glacier and the West Buttress, Denali Pass divides the north and south summits of Denali.
A deadly obstacle to climbers, Harper icefall rests just above the Muldrow Glacier.
The Great Gorge
Over time, the Ruth Glacier has carved into the surrounding granite to create these picturesque stone walls up to 5,000 ft (1,524 m) above the glacier’s surface.