Brain Post: Denali, AK, not Everest, is the highest mountain on land in the world

Denali covered in snow. Image: Pexel

Denali is bigger than Everest.

Yes, you read that right.

The summit of Mount Everest rises to 8,849 m above sea level, making it the highest mountain. However, the base of Mount Everest is estimated at 17,000 feet (5,200 m), which makes the vertical elevation of the mountain only about 12,000 feet.

On the other hand, Denali has a very low base height of around 2,000 feet (610 m) with a peak of 20,310 feet. This makes Denali’s vertical elevation estimated at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). Using this measurement qualifies Denali as the highest mountain on land in the world. This elevation difference makes Denali an extremely difficult mountain to climb from base to summit.

Combine that with the lack of foothills and a low point in the park at around 250 feet (76 m) above sea level, and there are places in the park where you can stand and look up. 20,000 feet from the mountain. All of these things play into the WOW factor of seeing Denali in all its glory.

According WikipediaDenali, also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name,) is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. sea. With a topographic prominence of 20,194 feet (6,155 m)[3] and a topographic isolation of 4,621.1 miles (7,436.9 km), Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range within the US state of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Denali, Alaska,
Denali, AK


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