KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Managing the wild – discussion for McKinley guide permits continues

Friday, October 14, 2011

The National Park Service has extended the comment period for the Environmental Assessment of permit allocations for climbing Mount McKinley until October 31st.

The Environmental Assessment, or EA, is an attempt by the Park Service to address an item in the 2006 Backcountry Management Plan that limits guided permits to 25 percent of all permitted climbs on the mountain, or 375 guided permits out of the total 1500 permits available each season. This limit has guide companies worried about their ability to sustain their businesses, and see the Park as imposing a choke on commercial activity. (more…)

Mountain Guides wary of permit restrictions

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A National Park Service Environmental Assessment regarding the allocation of climbing permits between commercial guided climbing operators and independent, non-guided climbers on Mount McKinley has the six companies that currently guide on Denali up in arms.

There is a limit of 1500 climbers permitted on Mount McKinley each season. For the past 15 years approximately 1200 climbers have attempted the mountain. There has been an upswing in the number guided clients to almost 40%. NPS is concerned with displacing independent, non-guided climbers if the number of climbers nears the cap of 1500. They want to balance the various options of the park visitors who are climbers. The cap was determined in the 2006 Backcountry Management Plan along with the 25 percent allotment of permits to all commercial guide companies. (more…)

Denali National Park and Preserve to increase mountaineering use fee

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Denali National Park and Preserve recently concluded a multi-year public

engagement process regarding a proposed increase to the Special Use Fee

that directly supports management of climbing activities on Mt. McKinley

and Mt. Foraker. After a lengthy examination of current program costs,

analysis of public comment, and collaboration with national climbing

organizations, Denali National Park and Preserve will increase its

Mountaineering Use Fee from $200 to $250 for youth ages 24 and under, and

$350 for all other Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker climbers. (more…)

Denali Park officials asking for comment on changes to vehicle limits on road

Monday, August 8, 2011

Denali National Park officials have been working on an environmental document that will guide the park in making decisions on the capacity for vehicles on the Park Road.  The process started in 2006.  Another public comment period is underway.


Denali climbing season ends with further accident investigations on the horizon

Friday, July 22, 2011

The climbing season on Denali has wrapped up for the season.  All climbers are off the mountain and base camp has been removed. A total of 9 climbers died in the Alaska range this year, making for one of the deadliest seasons in recent history.  Sue Deyoe spoke with South District Ranger John Leonard about the season overall….


Johnston continues to hold record for youngest to summit Denali – 10 years later

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ten years ago on June 17th an 11 year old Talkeetna resident became the youngest person to successfully summit Denali.  That record still stands.  At age 21, Galen Johnston has had a myriad of experiences since that time. This week, he spoke about that climb and reflects on how it influenced him…


Three rescues in one night keep Denali climbing rangers busy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Denali rescue helicopter and rangers were busy Monday night dealing with a number of mountaineers with high altitude issues.  In three seperate incidents, one patrol dealt with HACE patients.


Climbers in fall on Denali identified

Friday, May 27, 2011

The names of the climbers in the fatal fall on Denali late Wednesday night have been released.

The four person team that fell from Denali Pass were led by Alpine Ascents International.  Their lead guide, 34 year old Suzanne Allen and client Peter Bullard, age 45, of China (an English national), died in the fall. (more…)

Two more climbers die on Denali Wednesday night

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A fatal fall high on Denali took the lives of two climbers late Wednesday night and severely injured two others. These are the third and fourth deaths on the mountain this year, with seven deaths overall in the Alaska Range this climbing season. Reporter Sue Deyoe has more on the most recent accident.