Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day Thirteen: Cantwell to Anchorage

Cantwell to Anchorage
Today we ride through Denali National Park (Mount McKinley), 

The highest mountain in North America. The park encompasses more than 6 million acres  Locals call in Denali, then in 1886 a gold prospector William Dickey named it Mount McKinley after President William McKinley. Also well to note that the native Athabascan people call the mountain Denali, meaning "The Great One." Out of respect I always try to refer to the area and the great mountain and Denali, as well I don’t realy want to pay homage to the “Dick_ey” who was looking for support from the then president McKinley whom I should note never visited the park, the mountain or Alaska for that matter, its Deali! The mountain is 20,237 feet or (6,168 meters) 83 feet shorter than previously thought (a 1952 measurement)

Tallest Mountain 1,000 feet “taller” than Mount Everest ? how can that be?

There is a distinction between measuring "highest" and "tallest." The highest mountain is determined by measuring a mountain's highest point above sea level. The tallest mountain is measured from base to summit. Using that measurement, Mount McKinley is taller than Mount Everest. McKinley rises about 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) from its base, which is a greater vertical rise than Mount Everest’s 12,000-foot rise (3,700 meters) from its base at 17,000 feet (5,200 meters).

It’s a magnificent ride from the park in to Anchorage, and this ride brings back memories from when I lived here and the exploring I did in my old bronco!

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