American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Denali Rehabilitation Project, 1976

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Denali Rehabilitation Project, 1976. Our special objective was to remove garbage from the 17,200-foot camp on the West Buttress of Mount McKinley. We also interviewed many climbers and compiled attitudes and opinions about the numbers of climbers, garbage, ethics, regulations, rescues, etc. for later input to the National Park Service and all those concerned. Our party consisted of Gary Grimm, Katy Flanagan, Bill Coyle, Sally Johnston and me. We climbed to the summit on June 21. The Project lasted 20 days. We concluded that clean-up efforts have little or no long-range impact because of the overwhelming numbers and little enforcement of the climbing regulations concerning “pack out what you pack in.” It is time the climbing community opened its eyes to the problems on this magnificent mountain.

Roger Robinson

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