In 1913, a group of men used their strength, intelligence, and fortitude to make it to the peak of Denali without the aid of GPS, satellite phones, or high tech gear. This University of Alaska Museum of the North exhibit examines the journey through the original journals of the climbers who made the first ascent and explores the lasting impacts of their accomplishment on those who climb the mountain each year.

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Hudson Stuck:  Charismatic and progressive Episcopal Archdeacon
Harry Karstens:  Arduous and adventurous traveler and guide
Walter Harper:  Trail-smart son of a Koyukon Athabascan mother and Irish miner
Robert Tatum:  Mystery man, 21-year-old theology student at the Nenana mission
John Fredson:  Stalwart 17-year-old guard of the base camp.

  • See artifacts from the 1913 expedition:the camp stove, a Eucharist set, and the climbers’ diaries
  • Learn how equipment from the last century compares to today’s technology
  • Hear saws and axes cutting into the ice, wind blowing, feet crunching on snow, and other Denali sounds
  • Examine a scale model of the mountain and explore the 100-year history of the climb

Denps_logo_small_shaded_4Cnali Legacy: 100 Years on the Mountain was created in partnership with Denali National Park and Preserve.


This exhibit is a production of the University of Alaska Museum of the North.


2 Responses to About

  1. deweyhoffman says:

    Walter Harper – my maternal grandmother’s cousin – was Koyukon Athabascan, not Gwich’in.

    • AKEthnoGirl says:

      @deweyhoffman – Thank you for pointing out our error. We got it right in our exhibit but missed it on this early post. We apologize for the mistake.

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