KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

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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


Su Valley principal and PE teacher headed up Denali

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

People climb Denali for various causes – Climbing for the Cure, the Wounded Warrior project, climbing to support certain individuals.  There is a team headed up the mountain at the end of the week that has Su Valley High School in mind.


Two climbers die in avalanche on Mt. Francis in Alaska Range

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Two overdue climbers on Mount Frances in the Alaska Range are confirmed dead.

Denali National Park mountaineering rangers located the remains of 33 year old Jiro Kurihara  of Canada and Junya Shiraishi, age 28, of Japan in avalanche debris on Mt. Frances, a technical peak just north of the Kahiltna basecamp on Denali. (more…)

High altitude rescue on Denali one of the few in history

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On May 12th, an accident involving a roped team of 4 climbers occurred near the summit on Denali. The rescue and retrieval of the climbers became a somewhat complicated mix of Park Service, military as well as volunteer assistance and may go down in the mountaineering history books.  Sue Deyoe spoke with the helicopter pilot and one of the rangers in charge of the operation…


Denali Report week 3- The rescue

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Denali Report for the week of May 16th…the rescue helicopter and a death on Denali.


Denali has its second death in a week

Monday, May 16, 2011

Denali has seen its second death in one week.  Mountaineers and rangers at the seventeen thousand-two hundred foot high-camp on Mt McKinley saw a climber fall from Denali Pass this morning. (more…)

Denali climber from Thursday’s accident identified

Monday, May 16, 2011

The climber who died on Denali on Thursday has been identified as 38 year old Beat Niederer   of Switzerland. (more…)

Two Remaining Climbers Rescued From High Camp

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The following press release was issued by the National Park Service in Talkeetna, Alaska, at 4:54 p.m A.S.T on Friday, May 13th:

Two remaining injured climbers were evacuated from the 17,200-foot high camp on Mt. McKinley in the afternoon of Friday, May 13. Both climbers, one a guide and the other a client, suffered from frostbite to the hands and feet after a night spent at high elevation in cold temperatures and gusty winds. The guide also reportedly sustained a broken rib.

On Friday afternoon it was determined that the two men could not safely descend the mountain on foot, so a helicopter evacuation was initiated. Both men were individually shorthauled from the 17,200-foot camp to the 14,200-foot camp by NPS ranger John Loomis and B3 helicopter pilot Andy Hermansky. From there, the helicopter flew them down to the Kahiltna Basecamp for a fixed wing flight back to Talkeetna. (more…)

One Climber Rescued,
One Recovered from Mt. McKinley

Friday, May 13, 2011

The following press release was issued by the National Park Service in Talkeetna, Alaska:

Denali National Park and Preserve rescue personnel were able to save the life of an injured climber at 19,500-feet on Mt. McKinley the night of Thursday, May 12, however, a teammate from the same guided expedition was found dead at 18,000 feet.
The guided client rescued from 19,500-feet had broken a leg when the 4-person rope team fell near the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley very late on Wednesday or early Thursday. After the fall, the team’s guide secured the injured climber in a bivy sack at the ‘Football Field’ while the other two clients descended. By morning, the guide and one of the two uninjured clients had separately descended to the 17,200-foot high camp where they were treated by another team for frostbite to the hands and feet. The third client never returned to high camp. (more…)

Mt. McKinley rescue effort underway

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Denali National Park and Preserve mountaineering rangers launched a rescue effort this morning Thursday, May 12 for two members of a guided

expedition. A four-person rope team, including one guide and three clients, fell while descending from the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley very

late on Wednesday or early today Thursday, according to NPS spokesperson Maureen McLaughlin. (more…)