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Top 4 Facts About Alaska's Topmost Peak

August 10, 2017

Soaring up to a breathtaking 20,310 feet, this beautiful mountain has long been treasured as one of the crown jewels of Alaska. While you likely knew of its status as the highest peak in the state, you may not be aware of these other 4 unusual facts.

 

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The Base-to-Peak Height of Denali is Greater Than That of Everest

Most people recognize the mighty Mount Everest as the tallest mountain in the world. And, technically, this is correct: at 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest’s peak is higher than that of any other mountain.

However, climbers of Mount Everest will actually start out their climb when they are already anywhere from 13,800 to 17,100 feet above sea level. Because the base of Mount Everest is so high, climbers need only go another 12,000 to 15,300 feet before reaching the peak.

In contrast, Denali sits much lower on the ground than does Everest. Denali’s base is only 1,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level. This means that those who wish to climb this mountain face a climb of an additional 17,000 to 19,000 feet—more than 5,000 feet greater than the climb faced by mountaineers on Everest.

This large base-to-peak height means that Denali is a must on the bucket list of mountain climbers across the world. Given the staggering array of wildlife, plant life, and just beautiful scenery you will encounter on her slopes, climbing Denali is truly the experience of a lifetime.

 

Five Glaciers Flow from the Mountain

Because of the massive size of Denali—and the copious amounts of precipitation on the slopes—five different glaciers come off of the mountain. Flowing in every major direction, these glaciers are truly wonders of nature. The largest one—the Kahiltna Glacier—is the longest glacier in the entire Alaskan Range.

 

The Snow on the Summit is Deep Enough to Drown In

Everyone knows that mountains have snow on them. But have you ever considered just how much snow is on Denali? In 2015, scientists finally determined exactly how deep the snow is at the top of this mountain: 15 feet. That’s right—someone climbing this mountain could easily become entombed in snow if he or she is not careful of where he or she steps.

 

Named by a Gold Prospector

In 1896, Denali was named “Mount McKinley” by a gold prospector who was looking to strike it rich in Alaska. The name stuck for more than a century, until the U.S. officially changed it to reflect the name used by Alaska’s native people.

 

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