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Hello every Birdie Ms BB here with today's blog. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
Back into the shuttle every birdie and strap in. You might want to bring a warm coat with yea and a thermos of a hot drink. We are going to the highest spot in North America & its cold up there!
Mount McKinley or Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level and is in the state of Alaska in the Denali National Park.
The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather. Temperatures as low as -75.5 °F (-59.7 °C) and windchills as low as -118.1 °F (-83.4 °C) have been recorded by an automated weather station located at 18,733 feet (5,700 m). (Told you it was cold!!!)
This weather station is the third-highest weather station in the world and was donated to the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 by the Japan Alpine Club.
Are you glad you brought a warm jacket now??? Want to get out & play in the snow anybirde?? How about a snowball fight?
The first European to see the mountain was George Vancouver in 1794. The first verifiable ascent to McKinley's summit was achieved on June 7, 1913 by climbers Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tatum. In 1951, Bradford Washburn pioneered the West Buttress route considered to be the safest and easiest route and therefore the most popular currently in use.
Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. The Peters Glacier lies on the northwest side of the mountain, while the Muldrow Glacier falls from its northeast slopes. Just to the east of the Muldrow, and abutting the eastern side of the massif, is the Traleika Glacier. The Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast of the mountain, and the Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
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