Walter Harper

Today is Walter Harper Day

Jun 7, 2021
Photo courtesy of UAF Rasmuson library

Today is Walter Harper Day – honoring the mountaineer and guide who was the first person to climb to Denali’s highest summit. Alaskans are celebrating the day with work on a new statue of Harper, and a special episode of the Molly of Denali TV show.

New Exhibit Celebrates The First Ascent of Denali

May 17, 2013
Theresa Bakker / Museum of the North

Fairbanks, AK - The Museum of the North unveils a new exhibit Saturday that celebrates the centennial anniversary of the first ascent of Denali. The exhibit showcases the only remaining ice ax made especially for the team in Fairbanks, as well as an American flag fashioned from handkerchiefs by team member Robert Tatum.   But Guest Curator Angela Linn says that’s not all. “The most impressive of the items that are in here are the four diaries that were used and written in by the four men who actually made the summit of Denali," says Linn.