Mount McKinley as seen from Quigley Ridge
Ater a midnight walk at Mirror Lake during which we saw a cow moose and calf drink from the lake, on our first and only full day in Denali, a very small number of us made the tough climb up Quigley Ridge. There were just three of us plus our leader, Steve Daniel. Amazingly, one of us was the oldest participant in the trip, a man of 73 who may have been the fittest of all. We were later joined by co-leader Doug Bassett. However, most of the participants were not fit enough. Most of the time, the mountain was hidden by clouds, but it came out just long enough for me to get the photo. Whereas the mosquitoes were the worst I have ever seen near the Kantishna Roadhouse (bug hats with veils were a necessity), they were not a problem on Quigley Ridge, most of which is above the tree line.