"The thirty days that I spent walking through the wilderness of Denali National Park while working on my undergraduate geology research for the University of Alaska Fairbanks were some of the most unique and inspiring days of my life. Every day when I unzipped my tent door, I tilted my head back to look at the massive beauty that is Denali and could not help but wonder, “Why is it so big?” It is one thing to look at pictures of the Great One, but it is a remarkable experience to actually stare up at it. Growing up in Alaska I have seen many beautiful landscapes, but Denali is truly stunning. Walking through the glaciated wilderness provides an unparalleled feeling of solitude that is special to the park. To me, Denali is truly the heart of the Alaskan wilderness."