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THE SOURDOUGH EXPEDITION: STORIES OF THE PIONEER ALASKANS WHO CLIMBED MOUNT MCKINLEY IN 1910 Terrence Cole 1985 1st ed Near Fine
By Cole, Terrence, Tom Lloyd, Billy Taylor, Peter Anderson, Charley McGonagall
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AK, 1985, 1st edition. 64 pp, photos. The story of the Sourdough expedition to Mount McKinley that "sort-of" made the first ascent of Denali in 1910. Although this is done in magazine format, it is really essential to a Mount McKinley collection. Most of this material is available nowhere else. Large softcover, cover faded, else Near Fine. 

For some reason some booksellers are listing this book on the internet at sky-high prices.

The story of an expedition of Alaskan miners who became the first men to climb North America's highest peak is told through reprints of diaries, newspaper articles, interviews, and observations of later climbers. The book tells the tale of four Alaska sourdoughs - pioneer miners - who set out to climb Mount McKinley in 1910.

From the Introduction:

It all started with an Alaskan old-timer's barroom boast, but the 1910 Mount McKinley Sourdough Expedition was one of the greatest and most controversial feats in the history of mountaineering. In the spring of 1910 four Alaskan sourdough miners set out to do what had never been done before: stand on the summit of Mount McKinley, Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

Tom Lloyd, Peter Anderson, Charley McGonagall and Billy Taylor tried to walk to the top of the mountain that was more than 20,000 feet high. Two of them made it to the summit of the North Peak, at 19,470 feet, where they planted a fourteen-foot spruce flagpole flying a large American flag.

The miners hoped that with a strong telescope, placed on the roof of the tallest building in Fairbanks, about 150 miles away, the flag and pole might be visible, proving once and for all that McKinley had been conquered.The text includes Tom Lloyd's day-to-day notes of the ascent, reprints of the newspaper articles about the expedition, and notes from an interview years later with Billy Taylor, the youngest of the group.

The book also includes many photographs from a 1947 expedition that followed the Sourdough's route up the mountain, with photo after photo showing details of the route.


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