Newly found photos shed light on 1910 Denali climb


This photograph at about 14,500 feet looks down what today is known as Harper Glacier. The shadow of a climber’s head and alpenstock in the lower right indicate the time was about 4 pm. This photo is mislabeled as March 1911. Archive photo.

An unexpected find in a University of Alaska Fairbanks archive has revealed more information about the oft-debated April 1910 Sourdough Expedition climb of Denali, North America’s highest mountain.

Photographs found by UAF Geophysical Institute professor Matthew Sturm in the university’s Rasmuson Library archives in October show the climbing party at about 16,500 feet — far higher on the 20,310-foot mountain than previously seen.


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