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Denali Expedition: Gately & Team Taking Care of Business in Talkeetna

Good afternoon from Talkeetna everyone! The May 13 Denali Team is safely in Talkeetna and ready to get this grand adventure underway. 

The team spent the morning exploring Talkeetna before sitting down for an orientation with NPS to discuss the many facets of life on Denali. After a brief but informative discussion we shifted over to an empty aircraft hangar provided by K2 Aviation to begin tearing apart our equipment and making sure we have the necessary items for safe travel and a long trip. By early afternoon the team had their duffel bags and backpacks packed and ready to be weighed and marked by K2.

During that time my two assistant guides were busy running through our 22 days of food and organizing the rest of our group gear for the trip. It’s an overwhelming process at times and the shear amount of gear needed for a successful Denali expedition slowly began to show itself.

It’s a good feeling however to now say that everything is prepared and ready for our flight onto the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.

We’ll take the afternoon to relax, unwind and enjoy the amenities of town life before hopefully leaving it all behind tomorrow. We’re all looking forward to a great meal tonight at Denali Brewing Company and a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow we’ll rise early and be ready for a potential flight in. In Alaska, flights in and out of the great range depend greatly on the weather. We’ll cross our fingers for a decent window tomorrow to kick things off. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I’ll be sending these dispatches from the Kahiltna Glacier!

The team is psyched, the guides are psyched and life is good! Thanks for following along and as always, stay tuned for more!

RMI Guide Steve Gately


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Looks like you are all making great moves and listening to the mountain. Keep it up. Routing for you!

Posted by: Darren Beck on

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