In 1913, four unlikely companions set out to conquer one of the world's most dangerous peaks. And they were led by the most unlikely of men.
Patrick Dean is the author of A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America's Wildest Peak. He writes on the outdoors, outdoor athletes, and the environment. He has worked as a teacher, a political media director, and is presently the executive director of a rail-trail nonprofit. An avid trail-runner, paddler, and mountain-biker, he lives with his wife and dogs on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.