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The Forest Service’s 55th annual Fireside Lecture series begins on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Fireside lecture series begins: first talk on climbing Denali 010417 AE 1 Capital City Weekly The Forest Service’s 55th annual Fireside Lecture series begins on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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Iris Neary, shown here at the summit of Denali, will give the first Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Fireside Lecture of the 2017 season. She'll talk about her ascent, with three friends, of the mountain.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Story last updated at 1/3/2017 - 6:28 pm

Fireside lecture series begins: first talk on climbing Denali

The Forest Service’s 55th annual Fireside Lecture series begins on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Juneau climber Iris Neary will describe her ascent in May 2016 to the summit of Denali. The first presentation is at 6:30 p.m.; the second is at 8 p.m.

Neary and three friends planned and executed their extensive trip following the “pioneer” route. They started on the north side of Denali, trekked up the northeast flank of the mountain, summited, then descended the popular West Buttress Route.

“We planned our gear, food and logistics around carrying everything over the mountain and flying off the Kahiltna Glacier,” said Neary. “We started in our Xtra-Tuffs carrying 80 pounds and ended up in our ski boots with smiles on our faces.”

Neary and her three companions “enjoyed our cozy accommodations of a 4-man tent for 22 days, ate oatmeal every breakfast, and found a deeper trust in each other than we had before known,” she added.

Neary’s presentation kicks off the visitor center’s popular winter lecture series. Every Friday through March 24 twelve different speakers will present weekly lectures on a variety of topics.

Access to the visitor center is limited this winter due to elevator replacement. Elevators are closed. The only access is via the long ramp or stairs. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The 2017 Fireside Lecture schedule can be found on the Forest Service’s website at www.mendenhallglacier.net.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. on Friday-Sunday during winter. Call 907 789-0097 for more information.