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Aug 11, 2018 - Day 9 - Kantishna - Deep in the Heart of Denali

Kantishna Roadhouse, nestled in the Kantishna hills, is a place to escape into the backcountry. Getting this far into the heart of Denali is a 6-hour bus ride on the 92 mile park road and few visitors come this far. In fact, visitors have to be scheduled at the lodge to even get this far on the road. Kantishna was a gold mining camp in the early 1900s. Since this area is off the grid, generating electricity on site, you can put away cell phones, computers and forget about using hairdryers or TVs! The main lodge is a beautiful log building...

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Living Our Dream

Aug 10, 2018 - Day 8 - Denali "The Great One"

When Alaskans say "The mountain is out!" everyone knows what mountain they're talking about. Denali - "The Great One, The Tall One or The High One" according to the Native Athabascan language. In school you probably learned about it as Mt. McKinley, but it has always been called Denali by Alaskans. It is a massive 20,310 feet above sea level making it the 3rd highest mountain in the world. However, it is the world's tallest from its base to its peak at 18,000 feet. It's so big it's said that it makes its own weather with clouds, storms, fog...

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Aug 20, 2014 - Quality Steps

Kantishna, AK We wear pedometers with a goal of at least 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day. Although we hit our goal yesterday, the stroll up Blueberry Hill did not tax us in the least. We made up for it today with quality steps. The day started out gloriously. It was so nice, in fact, that Jim debated whether or not he should bring his raingear. Then we set out for Quigley Ridge. This hike was under the challenging/strenuous heading. It is an elevation gain of 1400 feet. There was none of this wimpy switchback stuff. It was straight up on a...

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Aug 19, 2014 - Gold-digger

Kantishna, AK Following the example of those who scale Mt. McKinley, we first acclimated ourselves at base camp (the lodge). We made sure we stoked up on plenty of carbs for our attempt at the arduous climb (it was a buffet breakfast). Then we togged up in our rain gear and packs so we could be shuttled out to the start of the trail. Step after step we dragged ourselves up and up until we finally summited craggy Blueberry Peak. Never mind that it is known locally as Blueberry Hill (300 feet high) and it was a 2-mile casual walk. We’ve got...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Bear Action

Kantishna, AK It was an overcast day with erratic showers and intriguing cloud formations. We transferred ourselves from Talkeetna back to Denali National Park. This time our destination was the Kantishna Roadhouse. On the journey through the park, much to Jim’s delight, we again viewed oodles of wildlife. The final count was 6 bears, 3 moose, 23 Dall sheep, 44 caribou, and 2 golden eagles, one of which was actually below us as we drove on a cliff face. We witnessed one of the moose kick another but the most action was from the bears. A...

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Aug 11, 2014 - What to wear!

Kantishna, AK Our day began with a 6-mile hike to McKinley River. Since the air was quite brisk, we started out with hiking boots with thick socks, backpacks, jeans, 2 layers of shirts, mittens, hats, jackets, mosquito head nets, and rain gear. By noon we shed all we could and were down to short sleeves. Unfortunately that gives mosquitoes an even more tempting target. We were glad to hear that the heavy mosquito season was over because the swarms we encountered were bad enough. Whoever first packaged DEET in a spray bottle is our hero....

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Aug 10, 2014 - Disconnected

Kantishna, AK Today we hopped onto the Denali Backcountry Lodge shuttle for a 6-hour, 92-mile trip into the heart of Denali Park. It was a glorious day. The weather was lovely. The sky was blue. There was a very light breeze and the clouds were white, although there were a lot of clouds. We were served cookies and soda on the shuttle and we were able to see lots of parts of Mt. McKinley although not all at the same time. We saw both the north and the south peaks, which are about 2 miles apart and also saw the bottom - the middle being...

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Aug 22, 2008 - Denali Backcountrry and Kantishna

We had to get up at 5am to get breakfast before the long busride to Kantishna and Wonderlake back in Denali National Park. The bus was like an old Schoolbus and not very comfy. However, the landscaping and scenery was something else. Not even 20 minutes into the park, we saw a bear and a little further down some deer. The day was absolutely beautiful and Mt. McKinley was showing his entire size glowing in the sun. Denali, the "High One," is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak (Mount McKinley) that crowns the 600 mile...

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Aug 9, 2005 - Denali National Park

Tuesday Aug. 9 at Denali National Park. A wonderful day! If we had chosen a nicer day weather wise, we couldn't have planned it better! Cool to begin the morning, as we were up early, and at Denali , just up the street a few miles from our campground. Sunny all day, warming up to the 70's, and best of all the "she was out". This is what folks around here say when they hear that Mt. McKinley is visible. Most of the time it is obscured by clouds or haze. It couldn't have been more beautiful! We can't believe our luck as most people never see...

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