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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

Mount McKinley Getting Dangerously Crowded

`North America’s tallest mountain is getting crowded – too crowded for safety.

Starting next year, the National Park Service will cap the number of climbers allowed on Alaska’s Mount McKinley at 1,500 a year – not too many more than the record 1,340 alpinists who attempted to scale the 20,320-foot mountain last year.

McKinley, known locally as Denali or “the High One,” is required climbing for many of the world’s most serious mountaineers, who attempt to reach the summit of the highest peak on each of the seven continents. About half the climbers who attempt McKinley come from other countries, according to the park service.’




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