National Geographic : 1938 Jul
Photograph by Bradford Washburn HUGE MCKINLEY'S TWIN PEAKS BECKON VISITORS TO ALASKA'S ONLY NATIONAL PARK Mount McKinley National Park, a vast wilderness of ice-capped peaks, grinding glaciers, moss-mantled slopes, and valley spruce forests, has anarea approximately that of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. A native Alaskan, Walter Harper, was, fittingly, the first human to set foot on the top ofthe higher, or south peak (left). He was a member of the four-man party under Archdeacon Hudson Stuck that made the first successful ascent of the mountain (page 78). The north peak (right) ismore than 1,000 feet lower than its giant neighbor.