June 7, 2013 marks the hundred year anniversary of the first team to successfully reach the summit of North America’s highest mountain, Denali. Hudson Stuck (Archdeacon of the Yukon) was the team leader; however, it was Walter Harper who became the first person to summit the mountain.
According to the Denali 2013 Centennial Climb team, “100 years ago they climbed to draw attention to the rights of Alaska Natives. 100 years later, we climb for the same reason and to tell their story.”
According to his sister, Margaret, “Walter had personality, scads of it. Everybody liked him. The girls were crazy about him.”