A journalist observes life in the far north.
Three people had summited Denali as of yesterday, according to the park service, and the Anchorage Daily News had a report this morning that the first to reach the top this year is a woman. As of yesterday, 1,113 people had registered to climb the mountain. Seven have come down off of the mountain already. The park ranger who briefed Alec’s expedition said that they are in front of the crowd, and the camps will be more crowded on their way down. The ranger also said there is more snow up high compared with previous years, and that is a good thing, he said, though I am unclear as to why.