National Geographic : 2016 Feb
Denali 67 although in warm weather its slopes are often shrouded in clouds. The mountain was a big part of the legend and lore of the Athabaskan- speaking people who gave it the name Denali, meaning Tall One. In 1896 gold prospector William Dickey renamed it Mount McKinley in honor of Ohio politician William McKinley, a staunch champion of the gold standard who one year later would become the nation’s 25th president. For decades Ohio’s congressional delegation successfully blocked attempts to rename the mountain. Then last summer the Obama Administration used its executive power to restore the original name. Seeing the mountain, spotting a grizzly, or catching a glimpse of a wolf are the top three reasons people give for coming to Denali. As recently as 2010, a visitor stood a better chance of seeing a wolf in the wild than seeing the elu- sive Tall One, which is visible on just one in three summer days. But since 2010 the num- ber of wolf sightings has plunged. According to a study of wildlife viewing opportunities along Hefting cameras and calling out in a multitude of accents, park visitors entreat bus drivers to stop when wildlife comes into view: moose, bears, caribou, sheep—and, ever more rarely, wolves.