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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson Roger is chief climbing ranger for Denali National Park and Preserve. He has almost three decades of experience as a climber at Denali and in the surrounding mountains. Roger has a number of first ascents in the Alaska Range, including many new routes in "Little Switzerland" off Rahiltna Glacier. Roger has also been a climbing ranger on Denali with over two decades of experience on the mountain, running climbing patrols, maintaining high camp at 14,200 feet, and working on dozens of search and rescue missions. Roger has also been involved in working to protect Denali from the pollution impacts of an ever-growing number of climbers. In a sense, he serves as the environmental conscience of Denali National Park and the denizens of mountaineers who come to this ferocious, yet fragile landscape. He has developed methods of "leave no trace" mountaineering and improved waste disposal. He has received special commendations for his efforts, including the Oregon Chapter American Alpine Club's "Washburn Award." In addition to being a calming and informative presence on and off the mountain, Roger is an exceptional photographer who has assembled an astonishing library of mountaineering photos. Many of Roger's images are found here in this Jukebox. Roger's humility and warmth of character make this interview one of the most engaging accounts in the Jukebox collection.
Roger Robinson appears in the following new Jukebox projects: