National Geographic : 1938 Jul
Photograph byBradford Washburn LIKE A HORNY-HIDED SERPENT WRITHING THROUGH FOAMY SEAS, "DENALI" AND "DENALI'S WIFE" THRUST RUGGED SUMMITS ABOVE AFLEECY MANTLE OF CLOUDS The musical Indian name for Mount McKinley (left) means "the great one." Mount Foraker ("Denali's Wife"), with analtitude ofabout 17,000 feet, liesapproxi mately 15 miles southwest of its more exalted neighbor, which, in this view, is 30 miles south of the camera. Flying nearly three miles above sealevel, theExpedition plane was 7,000 feet above the clouds. Central Alaska's two highest peaks frequently rise into clear atmosphere while heavy rains drench thehidden lowlands.