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The Talkeetna Hostel – A Place to Call Home While in Alaska

Hostel Managed by Holli Papasodora, who describes herself as a “traveler, artist, friend, wife, mother and so much more,” the Talkeetna Hostel easily classifies as a home away from home.  Her energy is infectious and her touch is notable throughout … Continue reading

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Climbing & Culture in Alaska: The Final Days

Day 12 Tuesday May 26th: We woke up early to strike camp.  We were tired after our sojourn to the top of North America but there was a calm energy amongst the group.  We knew that the summit was only … Continue reading

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Culture and Climbing in Alaska: Summit Day!

Day 11 Monday 25 May: I woke after the best night of sleep the entire trip.  This was strange since we were over 17k; my acclimation must be working.  We spent the morning brewing water to fill all our bottles … Continue reading

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Culture and Climbing in Alaska: Day 10

Day 10 Sunday May 24th: We moved to 17 camp today.  We woke in cold temperatures hours before the sun was due to warm up camp.  The cold motivated us to keep moving while we packed up everything either to … Continue reading

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Climbing and Culture in Alaska: Days 6 – 9

RandR Day 6 Wednesday May 20th: Our first rest day!  Sleeping in was required then breakfast became brunch which quickly turned into lunch as we grazed through our food supply for several hours.    On a somber note we learned … Continue reading

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Climbing and Culture in Alaska: Days 4 & 5

Day 4 Monday May 18th: We woke to another nice day, this time with the help of an alarm clock to get us going earlier than the previous mornings.  After breakfast it took us an hour to pack and rope … Continue reading

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Climbing and Culture in Alaska: Days 2 & 3

7800_Camp Day 2 Saturday May 16th:  Climbing in Alaska in May means it never gets dark.  While the sun may go behind the mountain, which has around 17,000 feet of relief, it does not set.  At best your tent might … Continue reading

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Climbing and Culture in Alaska: Prelude & Day 1

   Denali requires respect.  It also requires skill and a lot of planning especially if you are not using one of the six authorized guide services.  So with these points in mind I have previously filed an attempt on Denali … Continue reading

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A View from the Top of North America

Team Summit Bound Team Summit Bound put four of our six members on the summit of Mt. McKinley 25 May on the 11th day on the mountain.  We started the day with high winds which dropped to barely a breeze … Continue reading

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A Denali Success

We made it!  Four of our team, myself included, topped out on the highest point in North American (20,320 feet) on May 25th at 2030 AK time.  More details, pictures and video soon. Read and post comments | Send to a … Continue reading

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