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Alaska-Denali Mt McKinley

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Mount McKinley or Denali "The Great One" in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 20,320 feet (6,194 m). It has two significant summits and five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. It is also the coldest mountain in the world outside of Antarctica--its combination of great height, high latitude, and terrible weather are literally unique. The summit area is below zero degrees F. almost all of the time, and ferocious wind lashes the peak virtually incessantly.

Mount McKinley is commonly referred to by its native name Denali, which is the name currently recognized by the State of Alaska. To many it seems a more fitting name than one memorializing the obscure 25th U.S. president, William McKinley-who was never there! The U.S. Congress changed the name of the surrounding park to Denali National Park, but a congressman from Ohio (McKinley's home state) blocked the name change for the mountain itself.

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Taken on July 19, 2008