National Geographic : 1917 Jan
that elevation only a few sharp crags and S seemingly perpendicular cliffs are free S from the glistening white mantle. From a the valley of McKinley Fork, which is at a the north base of the mountain and lies S at an elevation of only I,5oo feet, the SF l)bare rocks of the lower mountains extend S upward for about 5,500 feet, and above S them Mount McKinley rises in majestic Sz^ whiteness to a height of 20,300 feet-the loftiest peak on the continent. The upper 13,ooo00 feet of the mountain is clad in glaciers and perpetual snows, z thus offering to the mountaineer the high est climb above snow-line in the world. 0 The rise of i8,ooo feet from the lower Send of Peters Glacier, north of the moun tain, to the highest peak is made in a dis S tance of only 13 miles. In no other lo mountain mass do we find so great a Q vertical ascent in so short a distance. r The peaks of the Colorado Rockies, m though wonderful, rise from a high pla S teau, so that at most points from which they can be seen they stand only 7,000 ^ag or, at most, 8,ooo feet above the observer. SA Mount St. Elias, an I8,ooo-foot moun U 2 tain, may be seen from sea-level, but the S peak stands 35 miles from the coast, and p so loses in height to the eye by the dis u tance from which it must be viewed. o Similarly the high volcanic peaks of a< Mexico and South America and the World's loftiest mountains in the ITima S layas rise from high plateaus, which di minish by their own elevation the visible magnitude and towering height of their culminating peaks. S 'TIIE ARTIST'S COLOR BOX IS SURPASSED Southwest of Mount McKinley, 15 S miles away from it, stands IMount For o aker, only 3,300 feet lower and almost < equally imposing. If it stood alone, S Mount Foraker would be famous in its z own right as a mighty peak, having few M equals ; but in the presence of its giant i neighbor it is reduced to secondary rank. S These two dominating peaks, standing h side by side and known to the interior natives as Denali and Denali's \ife, far S outrank the flanking mountains to the northeast and southwest, among which, however, there are a score of other peaks 0 that rise to heights between 7,000 and S 14,000 feet, well above snow-line, and w that are the gathering ground for many glaciers.