MOUNT McKINLEY

AND TALKEETNA



(Alaska Flag)


(Map of Alaska)

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007:

I drove 96 miles today.


All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

I drove 48 miles south of my hotel to Talkeetna for my flight around Mount McKinley.
On August 30, 2015 during a trip to Alaska, President Obama said the name of the mountain
would officially be changed to Denali, which is what many Alaskans have called the peak all along.
In 2007 when I took this trip it was Mount McKinley and that's how the text below will read.
There was literally not a cloud in the sky on Friday when I flew to Mount McKinley with K2 Aviation.
Mount McKinley Ruth Glacier and Mount McKinley Ruth Glacier and Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley's south Peak is North America's highest at 20,320 feet. The north peak is 19,470 feet.
Mount McKinley North Peak Mount McKinley South and North Peaks Mount McKinley South and North Peaks

Days this clear around McKinley in the summer time are very few and far between.
Mountains around Mt. McKinley Mount McKinley South Peak Glaciers around Mt. McKinley

Denali, the "High One," is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive
peak (Mount McKinley) that crowns the 600 mile long Alaska range.
Denali National park Denali National Park Denali National Park

We were flying in a single engine otter.
Denali National Park Denali National Park Denali National Park

I have taken many flightseeing flights in a lot of different places, this one was really special.
Denali National Park Denali National Park Denali National Park

Our plane equipped with skis landed at the Sheldon Amphitheater under Mt. McKinley
Landing Sheldon Amphitheater under Mt. McKinley Me at Sheldon Amphitheater under Mt. McKinley Sheldon Amphitheater under Mt. McKinley

There were three planes on the glacier when we landed, but they soon left leaving the quiet mountain to us.
Mt. McKinley from Sheldon Amphitheater Plane taking off from Sheldon Amphitheater Mountains around Sheldon Amphitheater

The mountains surrounding the Don Sheldon Amphitheater were beautiful.
Mountains around Sheldon Amphitheater Mountains around Sheldon Amphitheater Mount McKinley South Peak

In the picture on the lower right you can see Don Sheldon's outhouse.
Denali National Park Denali National Park Don Sheldon's outhouse

Don Sheldon, pioneering bush pilot, built the 'Mountain House' in the early spring of 1966.
Denali National Park Sheldon Amphitheater Don Sheldon's House & Outhouse under Mt. McKinley

We spent about thirty minutes on the glacier before flying back to Talkeetna.
Denali National Park Mount McKinley looming over Parks Highway Mount McKinley

MOUNT McKINLEY VIDEO
25 minute video of my flight around Mt. McKinley including a glacier landing.

Talkeetna is a small town about 150 miles north of Anchorage.
Talkeetna, Alaska Talkeetna, Alaska Talkeetna, Alaska

TALKEETNA, ALASKA VIDEO
2 minute video of beautiful downtown Talkeetna, Alaska.

I Took a three hour 3 Rivers cruise from Talkeetna.
The trip took us on three rivers: the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna.
Talkeetna, Alaska Talkeetna, Alaska Mahay's Riverboat Service

In the middle of the cruise we stopped for a nature walk where we saw a
Dena'ina Indian Encampment and an authentic trappers cabin.
Mahay's 3 Rivers Cruise Dena'ina Indian Encampment Dena'ina Indian Encampment

THREE RIVERS CRUISE VIDEO
9 minute video of my Mahay's cruise on the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna rivers.



SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2007:

I drove 140 miles today.


On Saturday I drove back to Anchorage and flew home
from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2007
Hello Everyone,

Last time we talked was Thursday after my day in Denali National Park. On Friday morning I drove to Talkeetna, Alaska which was a 48 mile drive. I checked in with K2 Aviation for my flight around Mount McKinley.



We couldn't of had nice weather, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Below is Ruth Glacier under both the South and North peaks of Mount McKinley.



Below is a nice close look at both peaks. South Peak on the left and North Peak on the right.



Below we are circling around the South Peak.



Looking down one of the many glaciers.



Nice shot looking up at the South Peak as we fly just a few feet above the snow.



I thought my camera was going to overheat. I couldn't take pictures fast enough.



I think the picture below is my favorite.



Days this clear around Mount McKinley during the summer are extremely rare.



Mount McKinley's South Peak is North America's highest at 20,320 feet. The North peak is 19,470 feet.



We were flying in a single engine otter and I was in the co-pilot seat as usual.



The plane is on skis and below you can see us coming in for a landing.



Below we are sliding on the ice just after landing.



Below is me at Sheldon Amphitheater under the South Peak of Mount McKinley.



Below is another plane taking off from Sheldon Amphitheater.



Below is a nice close shot of the South Peak.



Below you can see Don Sheldon's outhouse.



Below we are getting ready to leave Sheldon Amphitheater.



The flight back wasn't as scenic as the sun was in my way most of the way.



Below are the rivers I will be boating on in just a couple hours.



I had time for a walk around "Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna" before my river cruise.



The population of Talkeetna is about 850 people.



Below is where you shop in Talkeetna. They don't have a lot of competition.



Talkeetna is located at the confluence of three rivers, the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna. My river cruise included all three.



I'm not sure which river we are on in the picture below. You can see Mount McKinley in the distance.



We walked around the Dena'ina Indian Encampment in the middle of the cruise. The gentleman is our guide. He's carrying a gun in case we run into a bear.



I drove back to my hotel after the cruise for my final night. This morning I had booked another Mount McKinley flight. This one was in a larger pressurized plane that actually flies over the peaks. But visibility was poor this morning and the flight was canceled.

I drove back to Anchorage late this morning and went to see a movie. I then headed to the airport and returned the car and checked in for my flight. I got here way early, my flight doesn't leave until 8:00pm. That left me plenty of time to write this email.



I have enjoyed this trip very much. I have always loved Alaska, hence this is my third trip up here. Although I had a few rainy days, the weather this trip was far better than my previous two visits.

I hope you all have a nice summer.

Tim
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