The owner of several bars and clubs in Louisiana and Texas, Billy Blatty also aspires to be a mountaineer. After a rigorous six-month training program at Revolution Fitness Nola, Billy Blatty scaled Denali mountain in 2015.
Located in Alaska, Denali is the highest peak in North America. It was formerly known as Mount McKinley. The mountain’s height reaches 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level, cementing its status as the third highest peak in the world and the highest peak in North America. Denali is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world for climbers, mainly because of its location at a high latitude and the complex weather patterns found there. At times, mountaineers planning to climb the Himalayan peaks above 26,000 feet or setting out for a long expedition in the Arctic or Antarctic may also scale Denali for training purposes.
Denali was first sighted by an English navigator named George Vancouver in 1794. The first person to attempt climbing the mountain was James Wickersham, an American national, but Alaska native Walter Harper was the first to successfully reach the summit, in 1913. He was a team member of an expedition led by Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens.