• Treva Slaughter, Fort Greely Garrison, and her dog make the steady trek to the top during the Third Annual 49th Missile Defense Bn. Summer Solstice Climb.

    Trek to the Top

    Treva Slaughter, Fort Greely Garrison, and her dog make the steady trek to the top during the Third Annual 49th Missile Defense Bn. Summer Solstice Climb.

  • Michael and Linda Dugger of Delta Junction enjoy the view from midway up the north side of Donnelly Dome.

    Happy Trails

    Michael and Linda Dugger of Delta Junction enjoy the view from midway up the north side of Donnelly Dome.

  • After reaching the summit, Sgt. Scotty Brown, 49th Missile Defense Bn., takes photos to commemorate the adventure to the top.

    Photographing the Memories

    After reaching the summit, Sgt. Scotty Brown, 49th Missile Defense Bn., takes photos to commemorate the adventure to the top.

  • Chaplain Vince Cepeda, Fort Greely Chaplain, encourages the participants in the Third Annual 49th Missile Defense Bn. Summer Solstice Climb.

    Keeping the group safe

    Chaplain Vince Cepeda, Fort Greely Chaplain, encourages the participants in the Third Annual 49th Missile Defense Bn. Summer Solstice Climb.

  • Great weather complimented a wonderful view of the Alaska Mountain Range during the Summer Solstice.

    Alaskan Mountain Range

    Great weather complimented a wonderful view of the Alaska Mountain Range during the Summer Solstice.

  • Col. Michael Yowell of the 100th GMD Brigade stops for a break at the top of the Solstice.

    Yowell at the Solstice

    Col. Michael Yowell of the 100th GMD Brigade stops for a break at the top of the Solstice.

  • Staff Sgt. Steven Mich, GBI Security Co., escorted the colors for the Military Police Company of the 49th Missile Defense Bn. to the summit of Donnelly Dome during the battalions annual solstice climb.

    Carrying the colors

    Staff Sgt. Steven Mich, GBI Security Co., escorted the colors for the Military Police Company of the 49th Missile Defense Bn. to the summit of Donnelly Dome during the battalions annual solstice climb.

  • Friends, Families, and Soldiers of the 49th Missile Defense BN pause for a photo just before setting off for the summit of Donnelly Dome.

    Summer Solstice 08 Participants

    Friends, Families, and Soldiers of the 49th Missile Defense BN pause for a photo just before setting off for the summit of Donnelly Dome.

FORT GREELY, Alaska -- More than 100 people gathered Saturday, June 21 to celebrate the longest day of the year and climb Donnelly Dome during the Third Annual 49th Missile Defense Battalion Summer Solstice Climb.

At 64 degrees latitude, Fort Greely gets a total of 21 hours and two minutes of sunlight on Summer Solstice. While the sun does go down for three hours, darkness never falls.

Located just 20 miles north of the Alaska Mountain Range, Donnelly Dome sits 3900 ft above sea level, making it a great adventure anytime. While most often the weather at the summit is breezy at best, the weather proved better than that of any climb thus far.

Children have always been welcome on the climb; and typically make it to the top well before the adults. This year more than twenty children from the Delta Junction and Fort Greely communities participated in the event.

Once at the top, the photography frenzy began with picture snapping and calls to loved ones celebrating the wonderful accomplishment and sharing the view at the top.

Without fail, a group photograph is taken to hold in history the growing popularity of this favored motivational climb. Once at the top, Chaplain Vince Cepeda, Fort Greely Chaplain, led the group in prayer and wished everyone a safe descent into the setting sun.

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