National Geographic : 1979 Jul
NOTHING STIRS the juices like an early morning slog under eighty-pound packs. Herring boning up Gunsight Pass (above), Ga len Rowell and Allan Bard trail Doug Wiens over one of four major ridges that separate gentler glacial stretches. Here, briefly, we were freed from cre vasse danger and our safety ropes. Speed was essential from the mo ment we flew in to a point as close as possible to Mount McKinley National Park. Our supplies were limited, and with April's lengthening daylight hours and temperatures that ranged from minus 200F to a warm 290 F, snowbridges began to collapse and avalanches increased. Still, we played when we could, as Galen did with this downhill plunge (above). Our thin but efficient tent provided Doug (left, from left), myself, Galen, and Allan with wilderness comfort-close quar ters, but home.