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Tallest Mountain in the North America  

Denali is the tallest mountain in North America with a height of 6190 metres. It is the third highest of the seven summits. In 1896, this mountain was named as Mount McKinley by William Dickey after President William McKinley. In August 2015, it was officially renamed as mountain Denali with President Barack Obama’s approval. This mountain is located in Alaska.

Quick Facts: –

  • This mountain has two main summits, the South Summit and the North Summit.
  • Despite its cold climate, it is a popular mountain for climbers.
  • Walter Harper was the first one to reach the higher South Summit of mount Denali in 1913.
  • Barbara Washburn was the first woman to reach the summit of Denali in 1947.
  • This mountain has five massive glaciers on its slopes, along with many icefalls.
  • Although the mountain is not difficult to climb but sudden weather changes make the condition a bit harsh.
  • As it is located in the northern part, it is one of the coldest places of the Earth.
  • In the native Alaskan language, the word Denali means ‘the High One’.
  • The vertical rise of mountain Denali is 17,000 feet which is greater than the vertical rise of Mount Everest which is 12,000 feet.
  • This mountain has lower barometric pressure as compared to other high mountains in the world because of its far northern latitude of 63°.
  • In 1910, two Alaskan prospectors, Peter Anderson and Billy Taylor made the first serious attempt to climb Denali and reached the summit of the lower North Summit that stands with a height of 19,470 feet.
  • On an average, Mount Denali has 1,275 climbers every year.
  • The most used route to climb Mount Denali is the West Buttress Route. It takes 2-4 weeks to reach the top.
  • There is a weather station at the height of 18,733 feet that measured temperature as low as -60°C.

Top 5 mountains of North America: –

Rank Mountain Location Range Height
1 Denali Alaska, USA Alaska Range 6,194 metre
2 Mount Logan Yukon, Canada Saint Elias Mountain 5,959 metre
3 Mount Orizaba Mexico Volcanico Transversal 5,636 metre
4 Mount St. Elias Alaska/Yukon Border Saint Elias Mountain 5,489 metre
5 Mount Popocatepetl Mexico City, Mexico Volcanico Transversal 5,426 metre



Mountain Q&A

Question: – What is the Highest Mountain in South America?

Answer: – Mount Aconcagua.


Question: – Who renamed the mountain as Mount Denali?

Answer: – President Barack Obama.



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