National Geographic : 1953 Aug
rf~ 11711I_7 r M;" is tilt Pei~ Age-old Mysteries Yield to Airborne Explorers <Inanhour this swift jetof Alaskan Air Command (USAF) covers routes that would take months afoot. Below the plane winds the evergreen-blackened course ofthe Tokichitna, "the River That Comes from Where There Are No Trees." Forty miles away, three ofAlaska's huge peaks form abreath-taking back drop: Mount Foraker (17,395 feet), Mount Hunter (14,580 feet), and (extreme right) Mount McKinley. The author watched jetfighters from Anchorage at play high above North America's loftiest peak (page 225). U.S.Air Force. Official Below: From base camp at 10,100 feet (foreground) Mount McKinley isconcealed behind the rugged mass ofitsWest Buttress (left center). Though dwarfed bydistance, the highest point visible inthis photograph is the dark cloud-capped peak at ex treme left. High clouds warn of agathering storm. To this camp supplies and mail came byaski-equipped plane; heavier materials were airdrop ped (pages 225 and 230). Next overnight stop was atWindy Corner, the skyline notch at right center.