Denali ~ Raw, Wild and Unpredictable


Wasilla, AK, United States

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© Rick Larson

CANON 1D Mark III; f/13; 1/20 sec.; ISO-100; 100 mm; Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo Filter; Canon 4.5 – 5.6 100/400 L IS zoom lens.

This shot of the South side of Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) was taken on Friday 9-04-2009. It was taken from the Petersville Road area (from one of the many vantage points along the road) in Trapper Creek, Alaska. It is a rare sighting to see all of McKinley exposed to full view, sometimes you might just see the very peak, or a portion of the middle and sometimes (which is most of the time) you just don’t see the mountain at all. It is proabably easier to count the number of days that it is in full view then the number of times it is not.
(Rick had initially wanted to go up to Hatcher Pass – via the Willow route – which allowed us to see that McKinley was in full view … at that point plans changed – as I wanted to chase after photos of McKinley – so we found ourselves heading farther North to gather more shots of this rarely viewed mountain).

“McKinley aka Denali which is Athabaskan for ‘The Great One’ is one of the many peaks located in the Alaska Range which runs east to west across the southcentral area of Alaska, thus creating a devide between the tributaries of the Yukon River system and those that drain south into the Pacific Ocean. The Alaska Range is part of the Pacific Ring Of Fire – the Denali Fault runs along the southern edge of the range – there are no volcanoes located in this mountain range – McKinley is approximately 20,320 feet, it is the tallest peak in North America, and is large enough to create it’s own localized weather which is more severe here than anywhere else in the world.”

Above info was gathered via the internet on 9-05-2009 from Peakware – World Mountain Encyclopedia and Alaska range – Wikipedia.

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