Project Jukebox

Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Diane Okonek

Diane Okonek Diane is an avid outdoorswoman who hitchhiked to Alaska, following her adventurous heart and moving far from the crowds of the Lower 48. Diane has climbed Denali many times, both as a climber and more recently as a guide. In this interview, Diane shares her love of the mountains and reflects on her experience and philosophy as a guide. She provides a remarkable and detailed description of the "nuts and bolts" of guiding trips on Denali, and of the special human rewards of helping people to safely experience one the worlds premiere alpine environments.
Diane Okonek appears in the following new Jukebox projects: