Thrift regulator Diana Garmus sees some definite similarities between working her way through mountains of applications and climbing 20,320 feet to the top of Alaska's Mr. McKinley.

"Mountain climbing and working in D.C. can both be incredibly difficult," said the Office of Thrift Supervision's deputy assistant director for corporate activities, whose attempt to scale the famous mountain peak last month was halted midway by a weeklong snowstorm.

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