Spectacular reward for mountaineers at 14,200 feet
They say that with great risk comes great reward. Well, that’s certainly true for this daring climber on North America’s highest peak, Denali. What a moment and what a toilet! With the summit still over 6,000ft away, it’s a chance to reflect on the climb so far and the journey still to come.
Denali was first summited in 1913. This short film from Camp 4 Collective tells the story of a more recent expedition. It includes footage of Camp 3 and the view of Mount Foraker, but sadly not the toilet:
And this beautiful short film, again from Camp 4 Collective, is about climber, skier and Denali guide Leighan Falley, who trained as a pilot in order to balance her love for the Alaskan Wilderness with the realities of becoming a mother:
Denali, meaning 'the high one' or 'the great one', stands at a whopping 20,310 feet. It’s one of the seven summits and from base to peak is taller than Mount Everest, although Everest is higher above sea level. For almost a hundred years the mountain was officially known as Mount McKinley, after assassinated US President William McKinley. President Barack Obama changed the name back to its native Alaskan moniker in 2015, shortly before he became the first sitting US president to visit the region.
Denali was featured in A Loo with a View, by Luke Barclay (Virgin Books). The photo up top was taken on a successful expedition to the summit. Homepage image is courtesy of Denali National Park and Preserve.