Many of our intrepid staff took advantage of their surroundings to embark on a variety of adventures this summer. In June, Scott Peters summitted Scott Peak, a steep, permanently snow-covered 8,800-footer. He and Tiernan Martin also ran a marathon on the Park Road, from Eielson Visitor Center back ‘home’ to Camp Denali, quenched en route by a passing rain shower. In the latter part of summer, fourteen separate staff members made their way to McGonagall Pass, the traditional approach for early climbing attempts on Denali. Over the course of a month, the McGonagall hiking parties saw the pass in myriad moods—rainy, snowy, foggy, and bluebird clear!
Two groups ventured beyond the park boundaries. Seeking new terrain, John Kahle and Ellen Horbett spent three July days trekking from Igloo Creek over the Teklanika and Sanctuary drainages to exit the park via the long and shrubby “Riley Creek meander,” ending up near the park entrance. At the end of the season, while most staff departed by bus, Fiona Galbraith and Julia Smith took the long route by hiking over Anderson Pass and down the West Fork Glacier, ending on the Parks Highway.
Warm weather encouraged many to explore the creeks, lakes, and rivers of Denali, as well. Martha McPheeters convinced more than a few friends and staff to join her in floating the upper sections of the Nenana River, which forms part of the park’s eastern boundary.
In addition to exploring the far-reaching corners of the park, staff also managed to stretch their legs around the lodges, most prominently in the All-Staff Triathlon on July 24. Many hands helped coordinate the event, which was a huge success with sixteen participants. The course tested strength and endurance with a bike ride up the driveway from North Face Lodge to Camp Denali, a quick ascent and descent of Camp Ridge, and finally, a swim across chilly Nugget Pond. The winning time clocked in at just under 54 minutes!
Illustrations by William D. Berry and Amanda P. Devine
P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
The enthusiasm of our staff is often what makes the guest experience so memorable. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for our organization, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website, www.campdenali.com. General staff positions are available for the 2013 season, as well as the following professional seasonal positions:
**Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.
Denali is what America was; it’s the old and new, the real and ideal, the wild earth working itself into us on days stormy and calm, brutal and beautiful, unforgiving and blessed. It’s where we came from, long before agriculture, television and designer coffee, before our goofball ideas of having dominion over all living things, before our modern, paradoxical definitions of progress and prosperity, and too much stuff; it’s the lean, mean, primal place buried in our bones no matter how much we might deny it, no matter how fancy our homes, how busy our routines, how cherished our myths. Denali resides in each of us as the deep quiet, the profound moment, the childhood lost and found again, the open space and rare chance to be observant, truly alive.