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The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley) a Narrative of the First Complete Ascent of the Highest Peak in North America

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Forefront in this book, because forefront in the author's heart and desire, must stand a plea for the restoration to the greatest mountain in North America of its immemorial native name. If there be any prestige or authority in such matter from the accomplishment of a first complete ascent, -if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, - the author values it chiefly as ...more
ebook, 277 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1977)
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Nola
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is embarrassing to say that I did not know who first climbed Denali before reading this book. Now I do, and it's complicated. During the 1910's, there was a lot of interest in climbing this mountain. The Ascent of Denali tells about at least two of the other expeditions in the previous two years, one of which missed the summit by merely a few hundred feet, and the other one which did summit the lower North Peak, but, because of the actions of one of their members, had not been believed.
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Matthew Sutton
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Articulately written, humble, and wonderfully even in tone: Stuck's account of the first true ascent of Denali is a minor classic.

It's a quick and very readable book but for those looking for a dramatic climb with interpersonal friction this isn't your book. In the grand tradition of Edwardian explorer literature Stuck, a minister by trade, has nothing but good things to say about his climbing comrades, the native Alaskans near by, and he deals with setbacks with wry humor, understatement and p
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Richard Magahiz
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mountaineers
The story of the ascent itself was quite engaging and told in an elegant manner with admirable modesty. The last quarter of the book, where he describes the calculation of the height of the peak, the previous attempts at the summit, and the naming of various features, can be skipped.
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