Photography provided by volunteers Menno Boermans, Ben Weaver, Shane Treat and ranger Chris Erickson

Since 2011, this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has led the effort to provide support for the many VIPs/volunteers in the mountaineering program at Denali National Park

Annual Mountaineering Summaries

Meet some of the VIPS/volunteers IN PARK

“DRV directly supports Denali’s Mountain VIP Program, and in turn the park’s mountaineering program as a whole, by providing additional resources such as a high quality gear cache, access to training opportunities, and logistical support to national and international volunteers.”
—, winner of 2013 Denali Pro Award

What We've Achieved

  • Denali volunteers now arrive for patrol more prepared and better equipped- easing the burden placed on both volunteers and Denali National Park resources

  • Gear cache of specialized and expensive high altitude mountaineering equipment now available for volunteers to use during patrol.

  • Transportation funds: relieve some of the costs of the required shuttle of volunteers from Anchorage-Talkeetna-Anchorage (2.5 hour drive one way) and of expensive flights in an out of Alaska.

  • 2013 Denali Pro Pin award for efforts to support the mountaineering program.

  • DRV has assisted Nepali instructors with travel and other costs, ensuring a successful exchange program in Denali National Park and the Khumbu Climbing Center

Photo by volunteer Shane Treat

Photo by volunteer Shane Treat

What Volunteers in parks (vips) do:

  • Denali volunteers assist in life-saving rescues

  • Provide Medical expertise and care

  • Advise climbers to potential avalanche or mountaineering hazards

  • Assist rangers in keeping the mountain clean