Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station: Denali’s climbing headquarters

Climbing Denali is a big deal. Of course it is, because figuring out logistics for North America’s highest peak is nearly as complicated as the skills required to scale the 20,310-foot monolith of Denali National Park. One doesn’t even start climbing Denali IN the park. Beginning, you see, is accomplished in the small town of […]

Sheldon Mountain House Affords More Than Views

*This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News Parents sometimes leave unexpected memories with their children, and one of Robert Sheldon’s earliest recollections involves a Piper Super Cub and the smell of aviation fuel. “It’s such a vivid memory, sitting on the lap of my father on the village airstrip in Talkeetna on a […]

Expedition Denali: 10,000 steps of success in Alaska

One can hardly visit Alaska and miss her. Denali, the High One, rising 20, 320 feet above sea level and dwarfing everything in her shadow. A symbol of our state’s grandeur and mystery, Denali (or Mount McKinley, as the peak is formally known) is Alaska to many people, and whether you soar above icy surfaces, […]