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At 20,322 feet (6,194 m), Mt McKinley is North America’s highest mountain peak. Formed 60 million years ago, this granite mountain is a part of the Alaska Range and features both a northern and southern summit. The higher southern summit is the most climbed of the two, and a number of large glaciers sit on the mountain. You’ll always find the caps covered in snow.

While nobody successfully summited Mt McKinley until 1913 (the first attempt was in 1903), today it is climbed very regularly. Typically climbers opt for the West Buttress Route, which begins at 13,000 feet (3,962 m) and is known as the least technical route. Still, only about half who attempt this trail make it to the top. Mt McKinley is not an easy climb, and preparations must be made to stay safe and avoid dangerous predicaments.

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