We’re in Talkeetna!

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 29, 2010      

Rolled in around 4:00 AM after picking up Joe,Ty,Cobly at the Anchorage Airport. Breakfast at Talkeetna Roadhouse, then over to Talkeetna Air Taxi fo the semi-final junkshow (final junkshow to occur when we try to organize ourselves for glacier travel out of Kahiltna Base camp on the glacier.)



All the Talkeetna-ites have been pleasant to deal with. Our theory is they’re nice soon after coming out of winter hybernation, but might get a bit more grumpy by the time winter hits again?

A bit different around here these days compared to thirty years ago. Back then there simply wasn’t much to Talkeetna, and the air strip and hangers were just a fraction of what they are now. I liked it then, but it’s pretty cool now as well. Main street is mostly fun Alaskana, with a few junk shops thrown in just to let you know you might be a tourist.

We’ll fly to the Kahiltna Glacier this afternoon or tomorrow. The flight takes about 45 minutes and is mind blowing. I can’t wait to see Louie’s face.

More later, thanks everyone for checking in.


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12 Responses to “We’re in Talkeetna!”

  1. Halsted May 29th, 2010 3:08 pm

    Your right Lou, it sounds like Talkeetna is a lot more civilized then what it was like 32 years ago.

  2. Luann May 29th, 2010 4:03 pm

    Closing in on the real deal. Watching all the way!

  3. martha May 29th, 2010 6:27 pm

    So cool. Took that flight up to the Kahilta about the same time of year, 1988. So psyched to hear about your trip.

  4. pioletski May 29th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Yeah, it’s almost showtime! Bet you guys are stoked!

  5. Andrew May 29th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Very cool! If you see/fly with Paul Roderick, please say “hello” to him for me.

    Have fun.

  6. Ted May 30th, 2010 5:38 am


  7. doug May 30th, 2010 6:54 am

    still following you guys, go for it! God Bless

  8. John May 30th, 2010 7:12 am

    Lou, Talkeetna lost it real Alaskan charm when the highway was built. In 1962 I was with a German expedition on Russell and Foraker. Those days you got to Talkeetna on Alaska Railroad from Anchorage. The train was always hours late since it stopped along the way to pick up home-steaders. You just had to wave it down. Climbers were still a strange group then and most of the town folk showed up at the depot. We flew with Don Sheldon, an experience you never forgot. When I was on Denali in 1971 there was one other group on the mountain. You probably had a similar number of groups around in 1972. Let us know how many groups are there with you. Be safe.

  9. CDawson May 30th, 2010 9:22 am

    I like how Lou is the one sitting in the directors chair advising the crew!!

  10. Tomas May 31st, 2010 10:16 am

    Happy tracks and have a great climb!!!

  11. Kathy Baker May 31st, 2010 10:36 am

    Good luck all of you. Joe, I’ll be checking the blog each day and keeping in touch with Debbie. So how was the Talkeetna Roadhouse? saw that place on the food channel lately, supposed to be good food!

  12. david church June 1st, 2010 11:24 am

    sorry Ty Must be fogging the brain
    Best to you and Colby

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