An Expedition to the Top of North America, by Jay Meyer

The Mountain
The Kahiltna Glacier
The Upper Camps
Summit Day
Down and Back

Mount McKinley and the Ruth Glacier

On June 12, 2003, I stood on the summit of Mount McKinley with seven other members of an expedition guided by the American Alpine Institute.  After a decade of preparation on smaller peaks, more than a year of training and 19 days on the mountain, I had reached the top of North America.  Two days later the team and I disembarked from a ski plane in Talkeetna, Alaska, tired but safe and happy after a 15 hour descent from our high camp.  My dream of climbing Mount McKinley had become real through hard work, planning and patience.

Our team on the summit of Mount McKinley

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