It was one o’clock when we got to the top. I was ahead all day and was the first ever to set foot on Mt. Denali. – Walter Harper
June 7, 2013: THE FIRST ASCENT – One hundred years ago, Walter Harper, an Athabascan man from Interior Alaska, was the first person to stand on top of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. He was joined by his teammates, Harry Karstens, Robert Tatum, and Hudson Stuck.
I had made a flag and raised it. First of all after we all shook hands with congratulations, Arch deacon offered a prayer of thanks. Then the instruments were read and I raised the flag and Arch d photographed it. – Robert Tatum
if it w[h]ere not the final climb I should have stayed in camp but being the final climb & such a promising day I managed to pull through I put Walter in lead an kept him there all day with never a change. – Harry Karstens
Also on display are the only remaining pick ax of the four constructed in Fairbanks for the climb (right), the flag made of bits of materials along the trail (above), the original climbing journals, and a thermometer used to record the minimum temperatures on the mountain.
I had no sensation in my feet at all until nearly noon: and even my lynx mitts could not keep my hands warm. – Hudson Stuck