The National Park Service is reporting A 59-year-old German mountaineer suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the 13,500-foot level of Mt. McKinley on the evening of Sunday, May 19. Klaus Bielstein of Muenster, Germany was ascending the West Buttress route as a member of an 11-person Alpine Ascents International guided expedition. (more…)
KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. We share the past with you on 88.9 FM every Friday at 12:35.
This week, one of a series of stories about women on Denali that KTNA news producer Johanna Eurich recorded in 1997. In this segment, Johanna talks to former Trapper Creek resident Betty Menard, who, at 21, became the first Alaska Native woman to climb Denali, earning her a page in mountaineering history.
Betty Menard now spends most of her time in sunnier climes.
KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. We’re sharing the past with you on 88.9 FM and our stream every Friday at 12:35.
This week, a Nuggets program from 2008, produced and hosted by volunteer Maureen McLaughlin, about the history and relevance of the Climber’s Memorial at the Talkeetna Cemetery. She talks to Brian Okonek and Colby Coombs. Audio is 25 minutes.
In 2009, four more names were added to the memorial, in 2010, another four; in 2011, nine people lost their lives in the Alaska Range. Ten different nations were represented during those years.
Six more climbers’ names will be added to the wall for 2012 during the ceremony on Saturday April 20th.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the allocation of climbing permits
between commercial guided climbing operators and independent, non-guided
climbers on Mount McKinley is now available for public review and comment, (more…)
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…)
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…[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/20110617GalenAnniversary.mp3|titles=20110617GalenAnniversary]
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.[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/20110607DenaliRescue.mp3|titles=20110607DenaliRescue]
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…)
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.[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/20110526Denali2Dead.mp3|titles=20110526Denali2Dead]