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Do you want to climb or do you want to shop?

Our service is designed for climbers with limited, valuable time. Since many flights arrive in Anchorage late at night, you can arrive and get a good night’s sleep knowing that we’ll help you take care of business the following morning. By that afternoon you could be in Talkeetna for your briefing, maybe even flying in to Base Camp.

With a little luck with the weather, you could be flying to Base Camp less than 24 hours after your arrival in Anchorage.  

Food is the core of our service, and the fuel of a successful expedition. We provide tasty, mountain-tested ingredients to get you up the hill. A minimum of packaging. Highly organized and efficient but also allowing variety and flexibility on what you eat on which day.

Most of the rations include standard supermarket items, combined into great tasting, balanced dishes that are easy to prepare. We also include a few pre-packaged commercial “de-hy” dinners. Quick and easy for those long, hard climbing days.

We provide standard items that we know will do the job. We cannot cater to food allergies, current diet trends or picky eaters.  

A personal note from Don — Many of us adjust our eating habits based on current thoughts, trends and studies on nutrition.  I eat less meat, less dairy, fewer carbs, almost no sugar and more vegetables than I used to.  When I’m at home.  But when I’m in the mountains burning 5000 calories a day a backpack full of veggies isn’t going to cut it.  And when I’m crashing there’s nothing like a snickers bar to pull me back from the brink.  So…leave your food preferences behind and plan to get some fuel in while on the mountain.  Pasta, salami, cheese, candy, hot cocoa.   We’ve been doing this for a while.

All support packages include 15 days of food. Additional rations may be ordered in advance at $90/person per 5-day bag. 

See the link above for more details on the food we provide.

 

Denali Expedition Support Packages

15 days food. We meet you in Anchorage and deliver your food, packaged up and ready to go. The rest is up to you!

If your Team:
* Has their own transport around Anchorage and to Talkeetna
* Is on a budget but does not want to waste time shopping and packing food
* Has time to figure out details for flights, permits, briefings, rental equipment etc.

Drop off times in Anchorage between 9 AM and 6 PM.  Ideally we would meet with your entire team at that time in order to brief on the food.

Our Standard Package adds in just about everything you need for your climb. From your flight to Base Camp to toilet paper! We’ve learned what’s needed to get teams to the mountain as efficiently as possible and just about eveything is included.
If Your Team:
* Is tight on time and wants most of the little details taken care of
* Wants some transport around Anchorage for last minute shopping
* Needs transportation to Talkeetna
* Recognizes the value of local knowledge and one-stop convenience and efficiency

Includes:

  • Transportation to Talkeetna (one way only)
  • Round trip flight to Kahiltna Base Camp
  • Logistics Support – we’ll book your flight to camp and your Ranger Briefing
  • Steel shovel (yes, you need one)
  • Wands
  • Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lighters
  • One gallon white gas per person
  • Sled usage
  • Base Camp Fee

Perfect for groups arriving from foreign lands, we’ll meet your team at the airport on arrival in Anchorage and transport them to hostel accommodation in town (also included).

All the features of the Standard Package plus Anchorage Airport pick up and hostel accommodation in Anchorage.

Anchorage Airport pick up must be at one time for the team and between 3 pm and midnight on the day before your transport to Talkeetna.

Includes:

  • Anchorage International Airport pick up
  • Overnight Hostel accommodation in Anchorage
  • Transportation to Talkeetna (one way only)
  • Round trip flight to Kahiltna Base Camp
  • Logistics Support – we’ll book your flight to camp and your Ranger Briefing
  • Steel shovel (yes, you need one)
  • Wands
  • Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lighters
  • One gallon white gas per person
  • Sled usage
  • Base Camp Fee

Talkeetna Accommodation – Depending on your schedule and the weather, you may need to overnight in Talkeetna before your climb. Accommodation ranges from free at the air taxi bunkhouse to hostel or hotel accommodation that we can arrange for you.

Package Handling – If you choose to ship equipment or order items to be shipped to Alaska in advance, we can accept these packages at our address and hold them for you. A handling fee of $1 per pound over 10 pounds total will apply.

Great Deals on Gear

Food Bags – These zip-up duffles are the perfect size for about 5 days worth of food for one person. Easy to work out of and keep organized. We recommend at least one for each member of your team. 25″x9″x5″. $12.00

Bowls – We highly recommend the 16oz Nalgene with screw top lid. $5.00

Cook Set – This stainless steel cookset is a good set up for 2-3 people mountaineering. Includes one 4 QT pot, one 2.5 QT pot, two lids and pot gripper. $70.

Steel Shovel –
This one is so essential that we’ve included it in our Standard & Deluxe Packages. You’ll need it at high camp where the windblown snow can be bulletproof! $15.

Wands – Even on the standard route, every team needs at least a few of these. 12 wands, $10. (included with Standard & Deluxe Package)

Transportation

Standard & Deluxe Packages:  On your “Support Day” we’ll pick you up at your hotel anywhere in Anchorage at around 9 AM. The vehicle and driver will be at the disposal of your team for up to 2 hours before departing for Talkeetna, approximately 2 hour drive.  Last minute gear shopping or whatever you may need.

We recommend that all members of your team arrive in Anchorage no later than the night before.  Your transportation with us is booked for a particular day and time.  While we will have some flexibility to deal with any problems, we will be unable to depart for Talkeetna later than 4:00 PM on your scheduled day.  In this case you will be responsible for making other arrangements at your own expense.

Our packages do not include:

  • National Park Entry Fee
  • Climbing Permit
  • Support, transportation or services after your climb (Shuttles are easy to arrange from Talkeetna when you return from the mountain).

Compare our Support Packages

BASIC STANDARD DELUXE
Access to “Tips” page
15-days Food
Anchorage Van Support
Transport to Talkeetna
Set up of Ranger Briefing
Base Camp Flight (round trip)
Base Camp Fee
1 Gallon stove fuel per person
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lighters
Sled
Wands & Steel Shovel
Anchorage Int’l Airport Pick up
Anchorage Accommodation
***Cost is per person & depends on the size of your Team*** COST/PERSON
2 Climbers $699 $1480 $1795
3 Climbers $559 $1329 $1674
4 Climbers $499 $1219 $1565
5 Climbers $469 $1219 $1465
6 Climbers $399 $1159 $1299

NOTE – Standard & Deluxe Package Rates are based on Base Camp Flight costs of $585 per person plus 8% FAA and Local Tax. If additional taxes are imposed, or if the air taxi service raises it’s rates for any reason, a surcharge may apply.

RUSH ORDERS — Expedition Support arranged with less than 14 days notice is subject to a 15% rush order surcharge.


“Great value for the money we spent, especially coming in from abroad, where the other option was to sit and sort everything out on the parking lot outside the grocery store in Anchorage…no thanks!”

Pierre Hungr — Denali 2010 Expedition

Useful links for planning your expedition:

Guided Expeditions    ♦    Talkeetna Transportation   ♦   Base Camp Flights

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