Last year, climbers attempting Denali had one of the lowest success rates in recent history. Soon, hundreds more climbers will come to Talkeetna on their way to try to conquer North America’s highest mountain. More than 700 mountaineers are already signed up for the 2015 climbing season, and that number will continue to grow. Denali National Park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri says that guided groups are not subject to the sixty day advance registration that most climbers are, so hundreds more are likely to register and attempt the climb. Guiltier says she would not be surprised if the numbers are around last year’s mark of 1,200, but she does not think they will be significantly higher at this time.
Spring also means training for the mountaineering ranger staff. Maureen Gualtieri says that rangers have completed rope, avalanche, and medical training, and that aviation training is currently underway. As climbing season approaches, the National Park Service will receive logistical support from the military to set up the various camps on Denali.
In May, the KTNA news department will begin producing Denali Reports for the 2015 climbing season.