Denali National Park

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Roped Climbers Plunge From Alaska Mountain, Killing One

Another team built a snow cave to protect the survivor

(Newser) - Two climbers roped to each other fell about 1,000 feet from a mountain in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, killing one of them and seriously injuring the other. The team was climbing 8,400-foot Mt. Johnson on Thursday night, ABC News reports. The National Park Service said...

Update on Climbers Missing in Denali Isn't a Good One

Officials say they likely triggered an avalanche, fell

(Newser) - There likely won't be a happy ending to the story of two climbers who went missing on a mountain in Alaska's Denali National Park: Officials say Eli Michel, 34, and Nafiun Awal, 32, likely fell Friday, the last day they had checked in with a friend using a...

NPS Worker Dies While Skiing in Denali

Witness says Eric Walter triggered avalanche in Alaska preserve

(Newser) - A National Park Service staffer died last week in Denali National Park & Preserve, in an avalanche he himself may have triggered. In a Friday statement cited by CBS News , the NPS reports that Eric Walter was killed Thursday while taking part in some backcountry skiing on a "north-facing...

Climber Attempting Denali Summit Dies

Cause of death appears 'consistent with sudden cardiac arrest'

(Newser) - A New Jersey man attempting to climb North America's highest peak on Friday night collapsed and died just 610 feet from the summit. Fernando Birman had reached 19,700 feet of elevation on Denali in Alaska when he collapsed; CPR was started immediately, but he never regained a pulse,...

Climber Dies When Ice Bridge Collapses Into Crevasse in Alaska

The 43-year-old Japanese man wasn't roped to his fellow climbers at the time

(Newser) - A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said. The park, in a statement , said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unroped from his teammates when he fell through a weak ice...

Another Grizzly Attack, This Time in Denali

Man uses bear spray, gets away

(Newser) - Grizzly attacks have been making headlines in recent months, but the latest story has a happier ending. A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park was attacked Monday night, but managed to deploy bear spray, which the park service believes may have cut the attack short. The bear, who had...

The Hunt Is On for Survivors of Denali Plane Crash

Pilot, 4 passengers went down near Thunder Mountain

(Newser) - Peering through low cloud cover, rescuers aboard a military aircraft on Sunday were attempting to find a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard a day earlier in Alaska, high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his satellite...

New Rules Coming for Climbers' Poop on Denali

Study finds fecal matter dumped over the past decade isn't decomposing as it needs to

(Newser) - Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably isn't decomposing the human waste, the AP reports. Michael Loso, a glacier geologist,...

Fees Could Double at Most Popular National Parks

Revenue increase needed for aging infrastructure: NPS

(Newser) - With the Trump administration planning to slash the National Park Service's budget, a new proposal could see entrance fees for 17 of the most-visited national parks in the country more than double during peak months. In an effort to boost revenue to pay "for improvements to the aging...

Denali Hunting Grizzly After Hiker Attack

'Erratic' juvenile bear has had multiple incidents with hikers, won't be scared off

(Newser) - A young grizzly bear at Denali National Park will be put down after an attack that sent a hiker to the hospital, the National Park Service says. The bear, estimated to be between 2 and 5 years old, charged a group on the Savage Alpine Trail on Friday, reports CNN...

Herds of Dinos Thrived in ... Alaska?
 Herds of Dinos 
 Thrived in ... Alaska? 

Herds of Dinos Thrived in ... Alaska?

Thousands of 'world-class' hadrosaur prints discovered in Denali

(Newser) - Forget seeing Russia from Alaska: Scientists have found a trove of tracks left behind by dinosaurs that once roamed our northernmost state—and some of them are pretty big. A paleontology team discovered a "world-class" trail in the northeast corner of Denali National Park that was littered with thousands...

Dog Helps Save Woman Stuck 3 Days in Alaska Cold

'Elvis is a little hero'

(Newser) - A woman is lucky to be alive in Alaska after surviving three nights of temperatures that sank as low as minus 20 degrees—and she has "Elvis" to thank. Vivian Mayo, 57, was found severely hypothermic early Wednesday, huddled beneath the burned-out hulk of her snowmobile with her small,...

Photos Shed Light on Fatal Grizzly Mauling

Denali National Park officials scrutinize Richard White's photos

(Newser) - More details are emerging in the sad and somewhat reckless case of the backpacker who was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park on Friday—compliments of his own photographs. National Park Service officials have examined the 26 shots, taken on a digital camera over about...

Man Killed by Grizzly Got Too Close, Took Pictures

Attack was first bear killing in Denali Park history

(Newser) - A backpacker killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park on Friday—the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska since 2005—ignored park rules about maintaining an adequate distance, according to photos recovered from his own camera, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The park requires visitors to...

Plane Crashes in Alaska's Denali Park

All 3 on board dead

(Newser) - A cargo plane crashed in Denali National Park in Alaska, killing all three people on board and sparking a forest fire. "The plane pretty much disintegrated," said a park spokeswoman. Members of the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene today. Identities of the...

Feds' Lone Dog-Mushing Job Opens Up

Must like Alaskan wilderness, dog poop and bureaucracy

(Newser) - Love dogs? Pristine Alaska wilderness? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that the lone federal dog-mushing job is open. The position at Denali National Park pays up to $66,542 (plus cost-of-living adjustment), but it’s not all easy sledding. The kennel manager is in charge of 31 dogs,...

America's Best National Parks
 America's Best National Parks 

America's Best National Parks

(Newser) - In the recession, international air travel is down and national park attendance is way up. Forbes runs down the crème de la crème of America’s national treasures, but be warned: “It's been incredibly hard to get camping space at most national parks,” one travel agent...

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