The beginning of April means the National Park Service, climbing guides, and air services are ramping up for the beginning of Denali climbing season. A few climbers have already ventured into the range, and this year looks to be another busy one on North America’s tallest peak.
On Thursday, the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station reported that 772 climbers have registered to climb thus far. According to Maureen Gualtieri, spokeswoman for the Park, that number is perhaps slightly above average, but definitely in the normal range. She says that the Park Service is expecting around 1,200 climbers to make the attempt to summit Denali this year, which would be slightly higher than the 1,151 that attempted the climb last year. (more…)