In 1993, “Jon” Waterman had the opportunity to repeat the Muldrow Glacier Route in pioneer style, mushing in with dogsleds, traversing down the West Buttress, then walking and boating back to Talkeetna without airplanes. He has been on eight Denali climbs. In 1982, he had an experience similar to Belmore Browne: on an otherwise successful, calendar winter ascent, in a subzero wind chill that froze his and a partner’s toes, Waterman finished the Cassin Ridge and turned down West Buttress instead of walking the last 200 feet to the summit.
He lives in Colorado and works as a freelance photographer and writer, most recently focusing on the rivers of the Southwest. His writing has earned him a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and the American Alpine Club Literary Award, while three of his books have won the Banff Book Festival’s Best Adventure title.
Four of his twelve books are about Denali, including his 2013 hybrid photography and narrative work, Northern Exposures: An Adventuring Career in Stories and Images. To learn more, please visit jonathanwaterman.com.
The American Alpine Club would like to thank Julia Blase for coordinating exhibit production, Erich Purpur, Jenn Simon for publicity assistance, and Denali National Park and Preserve, the Karstens family, the Decaneas Archive, and the University of Alaska's Museum of the North for providing digital images.
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