Denali mountaineering volunteers get national award
By STEVE KADEL-Frontiersman reporter
TALKEETNA -- The work isn't glamorous. Denali mountaineering volunteers do everything from shepherding people suffering from altitude sickness to policing illegal dumping of trash or human waste on Mount McKinley.
It's dangerous, too, when the volunteers accompany National Park Service rangers to rescue someone.
But the program's importance was recognized Friday by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, who presented the volunteers with one of 15 national Take Pride in America awards. NPS mountaineering ranger Meg Perdue and volunteer Dahr Jamail of Anchorage were in Washington, D.C., to accept the award.
Mountaineering ranger Roger Robinson, who coordinates the volunteers, said they play a critical role in keeping Mount McKinley as safe as possible for climbers. They occasionally must risk their own lives to do so, he said.
Frontiersman Sept. 29, 2003