July 14, 2012 - More Deaths Amongst the Spectacular Beauty: Since November, at least 34 people in the United States alone have been killed by avalanches, and three of the four worst years for fatalities since 1950 have occurred since 2007, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Mount McKinley claims more lives in avalanches July 2012.
“The extremes are becoming more extreme,” said Tucker Chenoweth, a mountaineering ranger at Denali National Park and Preserve. Mr. Chenoweth trains search and rescue teams on McKinley from the ranger station here in Talkeetna, which oversees the mountain and its expeditions about 60 miles from base camp. At 20,320 feet, Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America.
In a strange way, Mr. Chenoweth and other experts said, wild places like McKinley are getting wilder, or at least harder to predict. Click the link for the complete story. For Virtual Interactive Panoramas of Denali National Park, and other National Parks in the United States, click on the “Denali National Park and Preserve” link above, click on the “Read More” link under the story “Need Some Scenic Inspiration?”, and you’ll have a fantastic Virtual Interactive Panorama view of 20 to 30 places in Denali, with a link to other U.S. National Parks. (Credits: Narrative – The New York Times, Photo – Getty Images).
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