Soldiers Tackle North America
Soldiers Tackle North
America’s Tallest Peak Headquarters, U.S. Army Alaska
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson – (AFPS)
– Alaska, May 23, 2014 – Soldiers, primarily from U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Stryker
Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will test their cold weather, high
altitude and mountaineering skills against 20,320-foot-high Mount McKinley, the
tallest peak in North America.
The team plans to reach the summit by June 11.
U.S. soldiers will follow the
illustrated path in challenging the formidable heights of 20,320-foot-high Mount
McKinley in Alaska
The first of two U.S. Army Alaska climbing teams flew from
Talkeetna, Alaska, on May 21 and landed at the National Park Service base camp
on Kahiltna Glacier, more than 7,000 feet high in the Alaska Range.
This is unlike any other hike in the Denali National Park.
From the base to the peak Mount McKinley rises 18,400 feet and is considered the
tallest of any mountain when measured from top to bottom. The climbers will take
the West Buttress Route, and expect the climb to take from 18 to 23 days,
including weather days and stops for acclimatization to the altitude as they
ascend more than 13,000 vertical feet from their start point.
Soldiers in the second team, primarily from the 4th Brigade
Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, will follow suit beginning May
Common hazards for the expeditions could include extreme
cold, altitude illness, crevasses, avalanches, ice and rock fall and extreme
weather. A climber from Tacoma, Washington, was killed earlier this month when
she fell nearly 1,000 feet during a storm after successfully reaching the peak
during an attempt to traverse the summit from north to south.
Climbing teams from U.S. Army Alaska have made more than 16
expeditions on the West Buttress Route since 1980. This season’s teams will post
daily mission updates available on both the U.S. Army Alaska webpage and the
U.S. Army Alaska Face book page.
U.S. Army Alaska is the Army’s foremost cold weather and
mountainous fighting force and is capable of a variety of mission types
including search and rescue, defense support to civil authorities, humanitarian
aid/disaster response and security operations across a wide range of climate and
geographic zones, including high-altitude, extreme cold weather
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1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves”
AFRTS Video Reports:
Stryker Soldiers Train to Climb Mount McKinley