Don McCune Library


Mt. McKinley Climb

Mt. McKinley Climb
74 minutes - $24.95

This DVD includes the two programs described below.

Base Camp At Muldrow Glacier
24 minutes · 1974

Muldrow Glacier

Famed bush pilot Don Sheldon flies the base camp supplies to Kantishna where sled dogs transport them to 9,000 feet to be cached on Muldrow Glacier until the June expedition. Dramatic scenes shot from within a crevasse as the party passes overhead show the cracks formed when the glacier dropped 500 feet in 1957. This is the first film of this glacier since 1957.

Here's an excerpt from the programby writer/narrator Don McCune: “This dramatic adventure is a complete traverse of the world's largest mountain which started at Kantishna, Alaska on the edge of McKinley National Park. The plan was to proceed up Muldrow Glacier to Taylor Spur, previously unclimbed, upTaylor Spur to pioneer Ridge, on to the summit and down the other side via the west buttress. Approaching 7,000 feet, the glacier is torn by immense pressures of the lower icefall.”

Denali Traverse Part 1 & 2
50 minutes · 1974

Expedition leader Larry Heggerness develops pulmonary edema and is air-lifted out as the party completes the first traverse in Denali's history. Eric Simonson, then 19, shows his climbing skills in this, his first major climb. Originally aired under KOMO title “Mudrow Glacier and McKinley: Denali Traverse Part 1 and 2”.

Here's an excerpt from the program by writer/narrator Don McCune: “This dramatic adventure is a complete traverse of the world's largest mountain which started at Kantishna, Alaska on the edge of McKinley National Park. The plan was to proceed up Muldrow Glacier to Taylor Spur, previously unclimbed, up Taylor Spur to pioneer Ridge, on to the summit and down the other side via the west buttress. Approaching 7,000 feet, the glacier is torn by immense pressures of the lower icefall.”