2018 Unlimited Adventure

Chasing Denali: The Sourdoughs, Cheechakos, and Frauds Behind the Most Unbelievable Feat in Mountaineering

Event Date Mon Dec 10, 2018
Event Time 6 PM - 7 PM
The Sebastian – Vail16 Vail Road

In 1910, four gold prospectors summited North America’s tallest mountain in a single day, using little more than donuts and rudimentary equipment. Their journey is the starting point for the history of mountaineering on Denali—but were they telling the truth?

The miners and their backgrounds are largely forgotten—contemporary historians call them “the Sourdoughs”—and much of their climb remains misunderstood and shrouded in mystery. Aided by new research and modern technology, the veracity of their ascent and how they actually performed it can be examined, explained and, ultimately, revealed.

This program is presented in partnership with the Vail Public Library


Jonathan Waterman

Jonathan Waterman

Denali Expert and Author