The Fake Peak is a small pre-summit on a ridge next to the Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park in Alaska , USA. It is located about 30 km southeast of the summit of Denali , the highest mountain in North America.
Frederick Cook presented a photo of Ed Barrill, a member of his expedition, at the summit in 1906 as evidence of his alleged first ascent of Denali. In 1997 Robert M. Bryce was able to prove that it was the pre-summit known today as Fake Peak, which is 1627 m high and is 4563 m lower than Denali.
- Robert M. Bryce: Dr. Cook Mt. McKinley Controversy Closed (PDF; 2.9 MB), DIO, Vol 7 Nos 2-3, December 1997, accessed August 8, 2007