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Tag: Denali National Park

Nov.
7th

Mount Rainier hires Ingrid Nixon as chief of interpretation

Ingrid Nixon has been hired as the new chief of interpretation at Mount Rainier National Park. Ingrid Nixon, who is working at Denali National Park in Alaska, will be in charge of the park’s interpretive ranger staff, volunteer/outreach program, education program and social media.

She fills the position held by Lee Taylor, who left in March to become superintendent at San Juan Islands National Historic Park.

Nixon is currently the chief of interpretation at Denali. Originally from Western Washington, Nixon heads Denali’s visitor services and education programs, including the Murie Science and Learning Center, which facilitates science and science education

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Aug.
27th

Grizzly Bear attacks, kills backpacker in Denali National Park

From Denali National Park:

Richard White, 49, of San Diego, was killed by a grizzly bear on Friday while on a solo backpacking trip in the park. White had been in the Denali backcountry for three nights when he was killed. He may have recently hiked in other areas of Alaska prior to coming to the park, but it is not known at this time if he had previous backcountry experience in Denali. On Saturday afternoon, state troopers assisting rangers and park wildlife biologists shot and killed a bear that was defending the kill site along the Toklat River as

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June
19th

Search for bodies of Denali avalanche victims suspended

From the National Park Service:

A two-day ground search of the debris path from a fatal avalanche on Mt. McKinley has been suspended after clues were found confirming the likely location of four deceased climbers. Yoshiaki Kato, Masako Suda, Michiko Suzuki, and Tamao Suzuki of the Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation (MWAF) expedition are presumed to have died in the avalanche, while one team member, Hitoshi Ogi, survived the event with a minor hand injury. The fatal avalanche happened at approximately 11,800-feet on the West Buttress and was originally believed to have occurred early on the morning of June 14th.  However,

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May
30th

Finnish mountaineer dies skiing down Mount McKinley

A 36-year-old Finnish mountaineer died from injuries incurred in a fall while descending Mount McKinley on May 23, according to a National Park Service news release.

Ilkka Uusitalo of Oulu, Finland, was skiing down the 40- to 45-degree slope known as the ‘Orient Express’ with two teammates when he fell from an elevation of 17,800 feet and was unable to self-arrest. Uusitalo tumbled through snow, ice, and rocks, coming to a stop in a crevasse at 15,850 feet.

While one of his teammates continued down to the Park Service ranger camp at 14,200 feet for rescue assistance, Uusitalo’s other teammate

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Sep.
1st

Check out Denali puppy cam

A new “Puppy Cam” located at the historic kennels at Denali National Park went online last month.

The camera is installed in the pen where three sled dog puppies were born July 27-28.

The image refreshes about once each minute.

Three pups – Tatum (female), Koven and Carpe (both males) – were named for three small peaks along Carpe Ridge above the Muldrow Glacier.

The camera gives viewers a chance to see and learn more about the important purpose, traditions and responsibilities that sled dogs still have at Denali, the only national
park in America with a

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May
28th

Two more climbers killed on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park

From the National Park Service:

A fatal climbing fall at Denali Pass on Mt. McKinley took the lives of two mountaineers late Wednesday night. Two other members of the climbing team were flown to area hospitals with critical injuries early yesterday morning. Mountaineers at the 17,200-foot high camp reportedly witnessed the four-person rope team fall from Denali Pass near 18,000 feet around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.  An expedition of Air National Guard pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron responded and confirmed that two of the four had died in the fall. The other two patients were placed in rescue litters

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May
26th

Two climbers killed in avalanche on Mt. Frances in Denali National Park

From the National Park Service:

Two overdue climbers on Mt. Frances were confirmed dead after Denali National Park mountaineering rangers located their remains in avalanche debris near the base of the 10,450-foot Mt. Frances. Jiro Kurihara, 33, of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and Junya Shiraishi, 28, of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, were attempting a new route on the west face of Mt. Frances, a commonly climbed technical peak just north of the 7,200-foot Kahiltna Basecamp, when the avalanche occurred.  The two men were last seen at the Kahiltna Basecamp on May 21st. When they had not returned to their campsite by May

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