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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Pete Sinclair

Pete Sinclair Leon "Pete" Sinclair was a member of the team that completed the daring first ascent of the West Rib of Denali in 1959. Pete describes how he and his partners first found their way to Alaska and then managed to climb, well beyond their comfort level, all the way into the history books with the first ascent. Their climb became one of the most famous, in part because they shared their story in a "Time Magazine" story and other venues. In this interview, Pete describes the climb, shares stories of other Alaskan adventures, and gives a superb description of his career as a climbing ranger in the Lower 48. Pete's account is both compelling and humorous, qualities equally evident in his excellent memoir, "We Aspired, The Last Innocent Americans."
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