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Top 10 Mountains to Climb


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Mount McKinley
The first European to refer to Denali was George Vancouver, a British explorer who spent a month charting the waters of Cook Inlet in 1794.
The first European to refer to Denali was George Vancouver, a British explorer who spent a month charting the waters of Cook Inlet in 1794.
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The highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, towers at heights of 20,320 feet (6,194 meters). From base to summit, the elevation rises 18,011 feet (5,490 meters), the greatest elevation gain in the entire world. A part of the Yukon Mountain Range and the centerpiece of Denali National Park, Mount McKinley is surrounded by five glaciers and numerous icefalls.

Mount McKinley is an extremely difficult climb and is categorized as a major mountain expedition. While the climb itself is not exceptionally difficult, the severe weather that climbers encounter on their way to the summit makes for a challenging climb. It's best to climb Mount McKinley in the spring months.