Transportation and Support Services

Use this page to help plan the logistics of your mountaineering expedition.

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a small plane on a runway with two men and piles of skis and other equipment nearby

Gearing up for the expedition

Photo Ian Shively

Authorized Air Taxi Operators

Fly Denali

PO Box 1152
Talkeetna AK, 99676
Phone: 907-733-7768
Toll Free: (866) 733-7768
Fax: 907-733-7767
www.flydenali.com

K-2 Aviation
P.O. Box 545
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone: (907) 733-2291
Toll Free: (800) 764-2291
Fax: (907) 733-1221
www.flyk2.com

Sheldon Air Service, LLC
P.O. Box 648
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone: (907) 733-2321
Toll Free: (800) 478-2321
www.sheldonairservice.com

Talkeetna Air Taxi
P.O. Box 73
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone: (907) 733-2218
Toll Free: (800) 533-2219
Fax: (907) 733-1434
www.talkeetnaair.com
 

Dog Sled Support

Expeditions approaching from the north side of the Alaska Range needing to haul in freight may contact:

Earthsong Lodge
1-907-683-2863
earthsong@mtaonline.net
www.earthsonglodge.com

Squid Acres Kennels
1-907-452-3828
www.squidacres.com


Radios and Telephones


FRS (Family Radio Service) radios are recommended. The NPS monitors FRS 1. These radios are also very useful for communication with other expeditions. These radios are line-of-sight and their usefulness depends upon your location on the mountain.

Cellular telephone service is generally available in the area, but coverage is limited in the mountains. Access is better at higher elevations (above 14,000 feet) depending on your location, however coverage fluctuates from year to year as technology changes. The two primary carriers are AT&T Wireless and Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) Wireless, the latter of which maintains reciprocal agreements with carriers from around Alaska and the Lower 48 states. Climbers should check with their cellular service provider to see if cell coverage is possible.

Satellite phones work well in most areas, and several companies in Anchorage and throughout the state offer rental satellite phones and GPS tracking devices.

Rental Equipment

Several mountaineering stores located in Anchorage and Fairbanks offer a limited range of climbing gear for rent. The village of Talkeetna also has a small gear shop with a limited range of equipment for purchase or rent.

Fuel

White gas is available in Talkeetna, as well as a limited supply of butane/propane canisters. Other bottled fuels are available in Anchorage. Contact your air service operator before purchasing white gas, as they supply white gas in bulk to the Kahiltna Base Camp.

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