The highest peak in North America—known as Denali or “Great One” by Alaska Natives—is the site for this expedition designed for qualified NOLS graduates.
Denali offers extremely challenging glacier travel and some of the most difficult weather in the world, so this course is one of the most demanding NOLS offers, both physically and mentally. During the course you’ll attempt to climb the Muldrow Glacier route on the north side of the mountain.
The expedition begins with several days of tundra hiking followed by navigating up the lower expanses of the Muldrow Glacier. After a resupply at McGonagall Pass, you’ll continue up the Muldrow, encountering crevasses and deep snow, and ascend the dramatic Karsten’s Ridge to the Harper Glacier.
There you’ll establish high camp at approximately 17,000 feet, from which you’ll attempt the 20,320-foot summit. This route has a remote wilderness flavor that is not found on the more frequented routes up the mountain.
“People talk about wild areas all the
time, but Alaska has a wildness and beauty unlike anywhere
else. When our group finally made it to a summit, we just
went wild. I’ll never forget that feeling of being on
a mountain where hardly anyone else has ever been.”
Semester in Alaska, 1999
University of Maine Student
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