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Thanks Fo, Ed and Kee.
Fo- you could probably travel the world and not see any mountain that is so high and massive and impressive.
Among the reasons is that Mt McKinley was never a volcano, so it's top is really massive.
At just over 20,000 feet above sea level, it's the world's tallest land mountain-ABOVE ITS BASE (which is near sea level as you noted).
It stands almost alone, even though it's part of a major chain- the Alaska Range.
Note- McKinley and the Alaska Range are NOT part of the Continental Divide; that's the Brooks Range, several hundred miles to the north.
For all their beauty and impressive numbers, the highest Himalayan peaks rise above the Tibetan Plateau- which is extremely high to begin with.
McKinley is snow-covered all year and has several mighty glaciers flowing down its flanks.
Kee- thanks for the compliment, but I've slowed down considerably the last few years. I saw many exciting places over a long time period- but those days are only to be remembered as I review my photographs and process some of them.
But there are organized tours that go to the right places at the right time.
And they don't waste time the way I did... i.e. sipping tea, smoking a delicious Burmese cigar and watching the multitudes of bicycles, motorbikes and rickshaws fighting for space on overcrowded streets in Mandalay- with no "rules of the road." Egad! I wasted a lot of time doing such silly things as that .