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Taiwanese team conquers N America's highest peak

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A team of Taiwanese climbers have conquered the highest mountain in North America -- the 6,914m Mt. Mckinley, also known as Mt. Denali, a report from Alaska said.

The report said that the expedition, organized by the Taiwan Mountaineering Education Development Association, was made up of six members, including Chiang Kuo-hua (江國華), Ku Ming-kaung (谷明光), Hsieh Chiang-sung (謝江松), Chin Ko-chien (金克謙), Ko Chin-yuan (柯金源) and Yu Kaun-chou (余冠洲).

The climbers left Taiwan on May 24 and arrived at a glacier base camp on May 26 to spend three weeks on final training for the climb and for glacier travel. They set up four camps at altitudes ranging from 2,400m to 5,200m.

Ku, a Taiwanese Aborigine, was the first to reach the summit, followed by Chiang.

The team was expected to arrive back in Taiwan yesterday and start a six-month training program for an attempt next year on Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, following in the footsteps of Makalu Gau, the Taiwanese climber who reached the summit in 1996.

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