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Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20310ft above sea level. With a topographic prominence of 20156ft and a topographic isolation of 4629mi, Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.The Koyukon people who inhabit the area around the mountain have referred to the peak as "Denali" for centuries. In 1896, a gold prospector named it "Mount McKinley" in support of then-presidential candidate William McKinley; that name was the official name recognized by the United States government from 1917 until 2015. In August 2015, following the 1975 lead of the state of Alaska, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the change of the official name of the mountain to Denali. Prior to this, most Alaskans already referred to the mountain as Denali.

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In 1903, James Wickersham recorded the first attempt at climbing Denali, which was unsuccessful.
Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain.
Because of the route's history of avalanche danger, it was not successfully climbed until 1963.
The mountain is regularly climbed today.
[74] In June 2002, a weather station was placed at the 19,000-foot (5,800 m) level.
This weather station is the third-highest weather station in the world.
The weather station recorded a temperature of −75.5 °F (−59.7 °C) on December 1, 2003.
Even in July, this weather station has recorded temperatures as low as −22.9 °F (−30.5 °C) and windchills as low as −59.2 °F (−50.7 °C).
The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather.
The coldest temperature recorded during that period was also −100 °F (−73 °C).
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