Denali Details

I enjoyed reading about my late neighbors Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter in the March [2018] edition. However, you did get one thing wrong. Woody did not summit Denali in 1947. My father, Gordon Herreid, was the leader of that expedition and they had to turn back at around 17,000 feet, as Woody was suffering from altitude sickness. They were ascending the mountain as the Washburn expedition was descending; the two parties were the first to meet on the mountain. During that expedition, my father’s group learned of the Washburn party’s food caches. My father returned later that summer with a different team and summited successfully, making them the 5th party to summit Denali. Being innovative college students, they even used some of Washburn’s leftover food.

– Ingrid Herreid