Here’s an excerpt from Even Though I Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Will Fear No Evil, for You Are with Me, Bryan D. Estelle’s contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:
One of the earliest routes to be scaled on the snowy and icy flanks of Denali, the highest peak in North America, is called the West Rib route. The first ascent was covered in The American Alpine Journal 1960 and the Sports section of the July 13, 1959, issue of Time magazine. The route is relatively safe except for the approach, which passes through a narrow and deep glacial valley between Denali on the left and the Kahiltna peaks on the right. These slopes constantly avalanche snow and ice into the valley, so it has earned the title “the valley of death.” Climbers usually ascend this section during the night since the colder temperatures make it safer to do so.
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