Here at Summit 7 (and especially within the Marketing team) we’re always on the lookout for ways to get creative and share our creativity with an audience. So, today, we will begin our weekly “peak of the week.” We’ll feature a new mountain peak every Wednesday, along with some cool facts. We hope you enjoy our mid-week break for your brain – and maybe learn something new!
Mt McKinley Facts
- Mount McKinley (or “Denali”) is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet (6,168 m) above sea level.
- At some 18,000 feet (5,500 m), the base to peak rise is considered the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level.
- Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. The Peters Glacier lies on the northwest side of the massif, while the Muldrow Glacier falls from its northeast slopes. Just to the east of the Muldrow, and abutting the eastern side of the massif, is the Traleika Glacier. The Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast of the mountain, and the Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
- The Koyukon Athabaskan people who inhabit the area around the mountain referred to the peak as Dinale or Denali (the high one or the great one, respectively). During the Russian ownership of Alaska, the common name for the mountain was Bolshaya Gora (Russian: Большая Гора, bolshaya = Russian for great; gora = Russian for mountain), which is the Russian translation of Denali. It was briefly called Densmore’s Mountain in the late 1880s and early 1890s.(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_McKinley)