Spectacular reward for mountaineers in Alaska
They say that great risk brings great reward. Well, that’s certainly true for this daring climber on North America’s highest peak, Denali. To sit on a toilet in front of such an awe-inspiring view must be quite an experience. And with the summit still over 6,000ft away, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the climb so far and the journey still to come…
This epic toilet moment was captured at Camp 3 (a.k.a. Genet Basin Camp) on Denali, Alaska. The camp sits on a plateau at 14,200ft. According to the American Alpine Institute it can be very windy, but ‘compared with the hardships of the upper mountain’ is a ‘safe haven and congregating spot for ascending and descending climbers’.
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, but sadly not the toilet:
And this beautiful short film, also 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 motherhood:
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 further 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 by Pat Baumann on a successful expedition to the summit. It’s also on the Homepage. The view is of Mount Foraker.