At the November meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Josh Payne will provide a first-hand account of his 22 days on the Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, as he and a partner tackled a path to the summit that very few of those drawn to the mountain attempt.
Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America, more than 20,000 feet tall, with temperatures framed by its proximity to the Arctic Circle, winds that can top 10 miles per hour, and an unforgiving landscape of glaciers and crevasses, Denali is a siren song to adventurers and mountaineers.
The meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to Payne’s talk, “Degenerate States of Euphoria in the Valley of Death,” the meeting offers refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming trips, safety tips drawn from outdoor adventures and more. The meeting is open to any interested members of the public, as well as club members.
“In my talk I will tell the story of our climb,” Payne said. “From the highest highs to the lowest lows there were many different paths to euphoric moments on that mountain.”