- Mar 7, 2005
This morning Ned and I took a trip to Mt. McKinley on Talkeetna Aero Services which was absolutely fantastic.? The weather was good and very clear but a little windy which included a few bumps out and back.? Once we were above 10,000 ft. the flight smoothed out and the views were great.? The pilot took us around McKinley both ways so all could get wonderful pictures.? We saw 14 camp with climbers heading for 17 camp, however, there was no activity from 17 camp probably because of wind.? There was fresh snow up there and no tracks heading to the summit.? We saw about a half dozen glaciers and three of them near McKinley that came together to form one.? The base of McKinley starts at 2000 ft and rises vertical to 20,500 which makes the assent much greater than Mt. Everest where the base starts at 17,000 ft. and rises to 29,000 ft.? This was truly an awesome adventure and highly recommend it to anyone coming to Denali NP.