National Park ServiceThere is a $350 fee for climbing McKinley or Foraker, unless you are under 24, then the fee is $250.00, plus a park entrance fee of $10 per person. You must register 60 days in advance for McKinley and Foraker.
CONTINUING FOR THE 2013 SEASON: Appointments are required for all orientations. Teams should contact the Talkeetna Ranger Station to schedule an appointment, time slots can fill up fast. Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., seven days a week. Expeditions should arrive 30 minutes prior to the appointment time to pay the special use permit and park entrance fees.
Talkeetna Ranger Station
PO Box 588
Talkeetna AK 99676
Note: If you plan to climb with a guide, make certain that the service is authorized by Denali National Park and Preserve. Each year climbers mistakenly pay illegal guides that advertise their services. Illegal guiding is prohibited and these climbs could be canceled at any time.
Here are links to some guiding groups we recommend and fly:
Getting to Alaska & Anchorage Advice
We recommend Talkeetna Travel for your air tickets to Alaska; they are familiar with the airlines that fly Alaska and can help with changes when you’re here.
PO Box 479
Talkeetna AK 99676
Phone: (907) 733-TRAV (8728)
Toll Free: (888) 567-Trav (8728)
Here are a few recommendations for places to stay in Anchorage (Hostels):
Anchorage Guest House
Phone: (907) 274-0408
2001 Hillcrest Drive - Anchorage, AK
26 Street International Hostel
Phone: (907) 274-1252
1037 W 26th Avenue
Alaska Backpackers Inn
327 Eagle Street
Anchorage Gear Shops
AMS Gear Shop
Satellite Phone Rental
Alaska Satellite Phones - Offering voice, short messaging & optional email capability, solar panels and external battery packs for rent. Has lightweight and easy to use packages perfect for mountaineering expeditions. Please reserve in advance.
Contact Gregory (Alaska Satellite Phone Consultant) Please reserve in advance.
(907) 891-5819 (available 7 days/week)
1231 W Northern Lights Blvd (Suite#202 Upstairs) Directly across the street from REI.
Satellite phone rentals in Alaska.
3695 Springer St, Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 561-6501 Toll Free: 800-770-5500
Anchorage to Talkeetna TransportationPlanet Earth Adventure
PO Box 93578, Anchorage, AK 99500
(Expedition Support Packages)
200 W. 34th Ave. #82
Anchorage Alaska 99503
Talkeetna Air Taxi flight service Anchorage-Talkeetna
$725 and up depending on how many people and how much gear.
McKinley Base Camp
From May through early July the air services of Talkeetna jointly operate Base Camp on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Lisa Roderick, Base Camp Manager, welcomes you to the 7,200 ft. tent village that serves as a jumping off point for climbers ascending routes on McKinley, Hunter, and Foraker.
- Sleds and Coleman fuel are available at Base Camp, sleds may or may not be rigged – so bring sled rigging with you (4mm and/or 6 mm).
- Lisa operates a family band radio to transmit weather information every evening.
- Check-in with Lisa when you get back from your climb and she will call us to arrange your pick-up.
“Thanks again for the great flight support this year on our trip into the Coffee Glacier. Without you the trip would not have happened! And the office barbeque was a great way to spend an evening before we went out.”Peter Haeussler, Alaska