‘Denali 2013 Centennial Climb’ Press Conference – Feb. 5th, 11am, Fairbanks, Alaska

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On June 7th, the 100th anniversary of the historic first summit of Denali, descendants will climb in their forefathers’ footsteps to North America’s highest point. On Feb.5th descendents from across the continent will gather at a launch press conference at the same Fairbanks church where their relatives’ expedition began a century ago.

Denali 2013 Centennial Climb Team

Descendants of the team that were the first to summit Mt. McKinley in 1913, will attempt the same climb on June 7th 2013, bearing a message of achievement to young Alaska Natives.

Descendants of the team that were the first to summit Mt. McKinley in 1913, will attempt the same climb on June 7th 2013, bearing a message of achievement to young Alaska Natives. Young Alaskans will be able to follow the expedition live by interacting online with team members, tracking progress via GPS and watching video-webisodes produced during the climb.

You are invited to meet the team who will climb in their relatives’ footsteps at the Denali Centennial Climb Launch Event, Tuesday, Feb.5th:

*Where: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1029 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK

*When: Tuesday, Feb.5th, 2013 - 11am

*What: (The event will Include):

-Movie Trailer: 'The Untold Legend', Denali 2013 Centennial Climb.
-Brief talks from family members about their relatives’ remarkable 1913 achievement, the significance of the Centennial Climb, and how this expedition and the story of the first Denali summit will inspire Alaskan youth.
-One on one interview opportunities, and visuals available on site.


Denali Centennial Climb Expedition Team Members: Dana Wright (great-grandnephew of Walter Harper, the 21-year old Athabascan who first summitted Denali), Ken Karstens and Ray Schuenemann (great-grandsons of the 1913 expedition co-leader Harry Karstens), Daniel Hopkins (great-great-nephew of Hudson Stuck, 1913 expedition co-leader & Archdeacon of The Yukon), Mark Lattime (The Episcopal Bishop of Alaska).

Also in Attendance: Diana Campbell (granddaughter of John Fredson, a then 16-year old Athabascan who lived off the land alone for nearly a month, while caring for the expedition’s sled dogs and base camp), Harper family members, Elia Saikaly (Filmmaker/FindingLife Founder), Tim Cline (IDEA Director).

*Why Cover:

The climb has been endorsed by the National Congress of American Indians and the Alaska State Board of Education. The story of the first summit of Denali remains very much untold. The Denali Centennial Climb will change this by bringing this incredible story to young people across Alaska and North America. The expedition will be presented by FindingLife. FindingLife combines adventure, education and technology to today’s youth to create positive change. Those wishing to learn and be entertained while interacting online with expedition members and watching video webisode updates produced during the climb can do so by visiting denali2013.org.


-Movie Trailer: ‘The Untold Legend', Denali Centennial Climb 2013.
-Stories and interviews with bloodline descendants of original expedition team members.
-Historic photos and artifacts from the 1913 expedition.
-St.Matthew’s stained glass depiction of the 1913 climb.
-Access to video of mountain climbing expeditions led by Elia Saikaly and trailer for future film ‘The Untold Legend’ commemorating the 2013 Denali Centennial Climb.

*How to Participate:

-Sign up for free at http://www.denali2013.org
-Donations towards the expedition can be made at: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/denali-centennialclimb/denali-centennial-climb-2013

*Media – 1913 Expedition Image Downloads & Contact Info:

-For image downloads from the 1913 climb: http://denali2013.org/media-2/
-For information and to arrange interviews please contact:
Colin Trethewey/PRMediaNow: 813.480.1354, Colin at PRMediaNow.com

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