Denali

PDF EBook by Bill Sherwonit

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I read this book while in Denali, and I highly recommend that approach if you can swing it. Denali PDF EBook

We were staying at a camp deep inside the park, able to see the mountain — the tallest in North America at 20.3k feet — from the porch of our micro- PDFcabin. At least in theory. For much of the time, Denali — known by many as Mt. McKinley — was cloaked in clouds. Occasionally, the clouds parted and revealed hints of the snowy peak bathed in sunlight, only to close up again all too soon. It didn't really matter. The glimpses were inspiring and just knowing it was behind the clouds, girded in glaciers and impossible angles and towering above the Alaska Range, was enough.

On the last day, after finishing the last chapter the night before by candlelight, we woke to a miracle. The clouds parted and we were treated to a full, unobstructed view of Denali as we left. Bathed in the morning alpenglow and reflected in the calm surface of Wonder Lake, it won't soon be forgotten.

It was easy to see why so many, many books have been written, and oral histories passed along, about the mountain. Many of the best are sampled in this book.

It's organized into several sections. The first captures stories about Denali wrapped up with creation myths from the First Peoples of the region. The stories mostly involved magic and jealousy and giant spears and angry ravens and seas that turned to stone.

The second section covers the early pioneers who blazed their way to the mountain to place it on maps, a difficult task even in the present day but absurdly hard 100-plus years ago. The sheer misery of the mosquito swarms, avalanches, unpredictable glacier-fed rivers forever hopping channels and unrelenting rain says something about human tenacity.

The third section is devoted to the early and often dramatic mountaineering efforts to conquer the peak. There were liars and fistfights and temperatures of minus 150 degrees and over-geared European climbers and under-geared local miners who succeeded with little more than grit and some donuts.

The fourth section details some of the non-human residents living in the park — grizzlies (we saw so many, we lost count), Dall sheep (saw them too), moose (yep) — one of my favorite sections — and wolves (sadly, no sighting).

The last section samples some first person accounts of long time inhabitants and visitors. I skipped a few of these, but enjoyed the contribution from the author, and the piece from the contrarian who suggests limiting the number of visitors each year.

This book (a gift: thanks Stepha!) was a great way to learn about Denali Park — how it came to be and what it means to the people and animals passing through it — while experiencing it firsthand. It's not an easy (read: cheap) trip from most places, so that may not be the most economic way to enjoy the book, but chances are, if you read it, you will want to make the time to go.

You won't be disappointed on either score. Like this book? Read online this: Handbook of Neuropsychology, 2nd Edition (Section 1) and Attention (Section 2), I racconti di Pietroburgo.

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