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Ann Mackovjak

Ann "Cricket" Mackovjak was on interviewed on April 4, 1992 by Bill Brown at the Mackovjak home in Gustavus, Alaska. In this interview, Ann talks about her experiences climbing Denali and working for well-known mountaineer and guide, Ray Genet. She discusses guiding procedures, effect of air access to the mountain, rescues, and the role of women in climbing.

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Archive #: Oral History 1993-02-06

Project: Denali Mountaineering
Date of Interview: Apr 4, 1992
Narrator(s): Ann Mackovjak
Interviewer(s): Bill Brown
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Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Personal background

2) Traverse of Mount McKinley in 1976

3) Rescue and care of climbers

4) Guiding procedures while working with Ray Genet

5) Relationship between air access and McKinley mountaineering

6) Impression of the mountain

7) Women and climbing

8) Scariest moments

9) Ray Genet rescue at Denali Pass

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Section 1: Maine\ born -- 1948\ Genet, Ray\ Sullivan, Kathy\ weather -- effects of\ Anchorage Book Cache\ Talkeetna\ Susitna River\ Gustavus, AK\ Pirate Lake\ South America -- climb|

Section 2: glacier\ Kahiltna Glacier\ Muldrow Glacier\ North Side -- geography of\ West Buttress\ Routes -- historic\ routes -- standard\ nickname -- "Cricket"\ Katmai Eruption (1912)\ Washburn, Brad\ Karstens Ridge\ Brown, Bellmore|

Section 3: rescue -- standing by\ rescue -- radio assistance\ rescue -- Genet\ rescue -- helicopter\ Woods, Buddy\ deaths -- Japanese climbers\ deaths -- retrieval of\ Mt. Foraker\ deaths -- position|

Section 4: Genet, Ray\ guiding -- procedures\ guiding -- role of assistants|

Section 5: air access -- effect on number of climbers\ air access -- relationship with guides\ Genet -- first guided trip\ Davidson, Art\ Guides -- as providers\ guides -- as encouragers|

Section 6: weather -- challenge of\ altitude -- challenge of\ climbing -- challenge of\ McKinley -- challenge|

Section 7: women -- climbing\ women -- make summit\ climbing -- qualities needed\ Genet, Ray\ weather -- wind\ weather -- effect on climber|

Section 8: fear -- personal\ Mackovjak, Ann\ Mackovjak, Jim|

Section 9: rescue -- Genet, Ray\ Denali Pass\ snow cave\ rescue -- survival until|