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On the 100th Anniversary of the Historic First Summit of Mt.McKinley (Denali), Descendants to Follow in Their Relatives Footsteps on the 'Denali 2013 Centennial Climb'(February 05, 2013)
Fairbanks, Alaska (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
A team of descendants of the original expedition who first successfully climbed Mt. McKinley 100 years ago will attempt the same climb this spring, bearing a message of achievement to young Alaska Natives.
Dubbed the Denali 2013 Centennial Climb, Dana Wright, Ken Karstens, Ray Schuenemann, Dan Hopkins, and Mark Lattime will begin their ascent on June 7, 2013, a hundred years after their forebears reached Denalis summit. Denali is the Alaska Native name for McKinley, meaning The Great One.
Wright is the great-grandnephew of Walter Harper, the 21-year old Athabascan who was the first person on Denalis peak. Ken Karstens and Schuenemann, great-grandsons of Harry Karstens, who was second on the mountain and a team leader, will climb. Hopkins is the great-great nephew of Episcopal Archdeacon Hudson Stuck, who was also a team leader. Lattime, who is the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska, plans to hold a Eucharist on the mountain and honor the memory of Stuck.
The Centennial team will follow the same treacherous and complex route on the North Side of Denali through McGonagal Pass, and up the Muldrow Glacier and along Karstens Ridge into the great basin between Denalis peaks. The route foiled many attempts by previous expeditions before the 1913 summit, and was the only practicable route at the time. Modern mountaineers use the west buttress route from the airstrip on the Kahiltna Glacier.
The team particularly wants to note the achievements of Harper and John Fredson, a 16-year old Athabascan who lived off the land while caring for a team of sled dogs and the base camp for over a month alone waiting for the team to return, by sharing their adventure with young people via the Internet.
The team has partnered with FindingLife, a nonprofit organization that uses adventure, education, technology and charitable initiatives to inspire students to create positive change. Students will learn while interacting live online with expedition members, watch video webisodes from the mountain and follow the teams progress via GPS tracking.
The National Congress of American Indians and the Alaska State Board of Education have endorsed the climb.
This achievement is something young Alaska Natives can be very proud of, and it will help them believe that anything is possible, said Mike Harper, grandnephew of Walter Harper. Its also a story that should be shared with audiences around the world.
*For webisodes and to interact with the climbers, sign up for free at http://www.denali2013.org
*Donations towards the expedition can be made at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/denali-centennialclimb/denali-centennial-climb-2013
*Media Resources - bios & images from the 1913 climb: http://denali2013.org/media-2/image-downloads/
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10397488.htm.
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