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North America, United States, Alaska, Denali National Park Survey

Denali National Park Survey. An interesting study was made at Denali National Park by Alan Ewert and Robert Seibert of the National Park Service. Some 360 registered climbers (about a third of this year’s number) were asked to complete a 26-item questionnaire as they checked out at the ranger station at Talkeetna. The questionnaire was printed only in English and the sampling was made only between June and August. Questions were asked about trash and human waste disposal and about crowding. Althought there is obvious room for improvement, the study showed that trash, sanitation and crowding are still within acceptable limits for most Mount McKinley users. It is regretted that the report reached the Editor too late for full inclusion in this Journal. Further information may be obtained from Mountaineering Ranger Robert Seibert, whose address is listed in the previous item.