Excerpt: Meet the Ragtag Crew that Were the First to Summit Denali

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Excerpt: Meet the Ragtag Crew that Were the First to Summit Denali

The first European Americans to reach the summit of Alaska’s Denali in 1913, were not that. Patrick Dean’s new book, A Window To Heaven: The Daring First Ascent Of Denali, America’s Wildest Peak, is their story. He and his three companions stood just below the summit ridge of Denali, the highest peak in North America, on a clear, windy, 4°-below day. Surrounded by nothing but snow and ice, their toes and fingers numb, they approached the final ridge to the summit. Since coming to Alaska in 1904 to become Archdeacon of Alaska and the Yukon, Stuck had become a fervent champion of the rights of the Native people.

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