American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, McKinley Climbed by Boy Scouts

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  • Publication Year: 1994

McKinley climbed by Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts from Post 286 of the Western Alaska Scout Council in Anchorage undertook over a period of two years to prepare themselves for an ascent of McKinley, learning what skills would be needed. On June 5, scouts Jim Dahle, Collin Greenfield, Jason Geitzenauer, Dale Griffin, Paul Newman, scout leaders Dave Dittman, Lanse Larsen, fathers Clyde Dahle, Wes Newman and guides John Blasko and Stacy Taniguchi were landed on the Kahiltna Glacier. They worked their way up the West Buttress route. On June 22, they set out for the summit. Suffering from the altitude, Wes Newman and Geitzenauer turned back at 19,000 feet, but the others made it to the summit, the first officially organized Boy Scout group to do so.

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