National Geographic : 1942 Sep
Roof of the Continent-Mount McKinley, North America's Tallest Peak Bradford Washburn made this aerial photograph while leading the National Geographic Society-Harvard University Mount McKinley Flight Expedition. The 20,300-foot Alaskan monarch is "the world's mightiest precipice-one stupendous cliff plunging to the plains 17,000feet below." Not even Mount Everest inthe Himalayas rises higher above the land at its base. The Indians called the mountain "Denali," meaning "the great one."Anative Alaskan, Walter Harper, was the first man to reach the top (south peak at right). With three companions he made the ascent on July 7, 1913.