Start for the Mountain


“Archdeacon Stuck, leaving Fairbanks for Mount Denali” alias McKinley; Rev. C.E. Betticher, C.H. Clegg, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper. Reverend Hope Henry Lumpkin Photographs, UAF-2010-101-26, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Thursday, March 13, 1913

We got away today at 130, having been held all the morning waiting for the tents.

The “Times” this morning had the whole “story”.  I could keep it from them no longer, but I did not have cause to go down town again.

The heavy snow of Monday and Tuesday is a drawback, but we made pretty good time notwithstanding reaching Chena about 4.  Then we went on to the 12 mile house, though we did not get in until 830.

I am very glad we are started.

— Hudson Stuck

The team leaves Fairbanks by dogsled on this day in 1913. They have been delayed by a 450-mile mercy run with food and medical supplies for the mission at Tanana Crossing. The past few days have been a blur of assembling supplies and firming up the final roster.

Over the next weeks and months, John Fredson, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck, and Robert Tatum will be making the journey that will lead to the first ascent of Denali.


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