Denali National Park and Preserve
A Finnish mountaineer descending Mount McKinley on skis became the second climber to die on the mountain this spring when he fell and tumbled 2,000 feet and became lodged in a crevasse, Denali National Park officials said Thursday.
ODBFRED, not ORBFRED!
Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Contending that the state of Alaska has "declared a quiet war" on bears, National Parks Conservation Association officials on Friday urged the Alaska Board of Game to curtail bear baiting, snaring, and spotlighting of bears in national preserves in the state.
The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks.
A new fee structure is in place at Denali National Park and Preserve. Out is the old $20 per vehicle entrance fee. In is a $10 per person fee for visitors age 16 and older.
Tourism traffic to Alaskan units of the National Park System grew by roughly 2 percent in 2011 to a total of 2.32 million visitors, according to preliminary National Park Service statistics.
Denali National Park and Preserve officials have extended the public comment period on their plans for allocating climbing permits on Mount McKinley by two weeks, and you can pretty much be sure those who make their living guiding climbs will have something to say.
In a bid to "simplify" their entrance fee program, Denali National Park and Preserve officials want to do away with the multiple fees and charge a flat $10 per person.
"Flight following" technology, which can help dispatchers keep an eye on the whereabouts of aircraft, is being required aboard all National Park Service aircraft, or any aircraft carrying Park Service personnel, in Alaska, and soon could be required throughout the National Park System.
The body of an Austrian climber has been spotted on the flanks of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to park officials, who say conditions prevented them from immediately recovering it.
A search was under way on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve on Thursday for an Austrian mountaineer who failed to return from an intended trek to Denali Pass at 18,000 feet.
An avalanche in the middle of the night has killed a climber in Denali National Park.
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