McKinley Climbing Ranger Roger Robinson Assigned Traffic Duty as Park Replaces Mideast Bound Helicopters

The Anchorage Daily News reports McKinley’s Climbing Ranger Roger Robinson is going to spend half the summer directing traffic as the park attempts to save money to pay for helicopters to replace military copters now in the Middle East.

The paper reports 1,042 had registered to climb this year.

The Army High Altitude Rescue Team — members of Bravo Company, the 123rd Aviation Regiment of the 4th Battalion, also known as the Arctic Knights — and its Chinook helicopters had helped in the past but are now deployed to the Middle East as is the backup unit of the Army National Guard in Anchorage.

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