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- Jan 29, 2014
Anyone been to Alaska? I have up to maybe 10 days to spend there in June, what should I do, what should I see?
This was one of the best things I've done in life. We flew with K2, we had an ex stunt pilot instructor. The narrow pass we went sideways through was known as the mooses tooth. When he took us sideways through that, it is known as 'flossing the tooth'.If you want to spend some money, take a flight out of Talkeetna around the mtn. They fly through some pretty narrow passes.
I've also flown through that pass with K-2 in their fire red turbo props. I shot a Go-Pro video and posted it on You Tube in several stages for a total of about an hour of footage including landing on a glacier. You have not flown until you have gone cow buzzing in Texas with your crazed business partner flying the plane. The object is to cause stampedes by diving on the herd, getting as close as possible or even closer. It is a Texas sport. But definitely, put Denali and Talkeetna on your agenda. Not so much cow buzzing. But nothing was worse than flying over the brooks range in a plane with no passenger seats, sitting on our gear, with Beethoven blaring at ear splitting decibels while the dashboard ammeter warning light was lit up, indicating a short. Before the pilot pumped fuel into the plane at Mtn Village from his stashed 55 gallon drum he told us about the idiot light. Mtn Village is a Yupik village on the south slope of the Brooks Range with less than 1,000 people. They speak Gwitchin and do not always like outsiders as some of them are hunters or tourists that can interfere with the caribou migration called the Porcupine Herd. The caribou are their lifeblood. Either spend the night in a sleeping bag on the side of the runway or take the plane with the crazed pilot.This was one of the best things I've done in life. We flew with K2, we had an ex stunt pilot instructor. The narrow pass we went sideways through was known as the mooses tooth. When he took us sideways through that, it is known as 'flossing the tooth'.
Do you plan on fishing? If so what kind? We put about 1,500 miles on a vehicle in 12 days, fly fishing from Talkeetna, down the Kenai peninsula. If you want to fish and see bears at the same time, Russian river.
Ahh shoot, sorry I totally spaced this. My memory has been shot lately.You guys are awesome. So we decided to rent a camper van and camp in Denali at Teklanika River for 3 nights. We'll take the bus around and hike for a few days. We'll then drive south to either Talkeetna and stay a night or keep going down to Kenai area and camp in some combination of Whittier/Seward/Homer areas, total of 4 nights. We haven't planned out exactly what we'll do after Denali. Probably try to kayak one day in Kenai. Maybe go fishing another, maybe try to get one of those flights and buzz Denali. We'll finish with a day in Anchorage before flying out. AlaskaSU, thanks for the offer! Unfortunately, no trip to Juneau this time around, trying not to spread ourselves too thin, which is a mistake we have made a few too many times.
Whittier, give a pass. Too strange and always raining. Seward is also most always rain. Nothing worse than pitching a tent in the rain. Out of town fishing licenses are not cheap. Lots of charters out of Homer. Famous for halibut.Ahh shoot, sorry I totally spaced this. My memory has been shot lately.
I've heard some good things about the campground at Teklanika river. Don't worry about the whole "once you park the camper, you can't drive it out of the park again until you leave" thing. Shuttles run all day throughout the park. You can literally just start walking down the road, toss a thumb out, and the next bus will pick you up. If you do a bus tour of the park, make sure to sign up for a narrated bus. My 2nd time in the park we accidentally signed up for a non narrated bus, and it was horrrible.
Salmon bake is a great place to eat, right there in Denali Village. Met a few board members down there last summer for dinner. If you get a craving for pizza, Prospector pizza is the way to go. Lynx creek pizza (I think it's the name) is garbage lol.
Depending on your crew, 49th state brewery is a must. Great food, great beer, and a ton of whiskey. Hang by the fire outside, or the fire inside, normally always live music. It's about 10 minutes out of town but again, shuttles will get you there, and I believe they have uber running down there. 49th state has the bus used in the movie "Into the Wild" Swing by in February/March sometime and I'll take you to the real one.
Denali village has a ton of activities. 4 wheeler adventures, jeep adventures, white water rafting, ziplining, heli tours, flight tours, and a ton that i'm forgetting.
Denali village now has a marijuana dispensary!
Let me know your dates, and I might be able to swing down and grab a cocktail with ya. We shoot down there quite a bit for music/camping at the brewery
Talkeetna is a real cool little town to check out. We swung in there to do some ziplining a few years ago.
I don't know much about Whittier/Seward/Homer, as I still need to get down there for the first time myself.
We saw about 12 individual bear. 3 Mother’s with 6 cubs and a couple lone males. Some from the camper bus and some while hiking. The close up picture was really close. She was sleeping on the side of the road with her 2 cubs. Could have reached out of the bus and touched her, but i would have less fingers than I do now.Great pics. See you made it to the Salty Dawg, fun place. How close were you to the bears?
A great friend died climbing Denali. A regular Orangeyes kind of guy. Shame.For anyone checking out Denali in the future, a helihike with Temsco should 100% be on your itinerary. Was just incredible. I had a friend from NY come visit last weekend. We hiked 20 miles in 3 days. Thousand and thousands of feet of elevation change. Was ridiculous.