Denali National Park

8:47 p.m. on December 25, 2003 (EST)
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Need advice and strategy to negotiate shuttles, reservations, etc. in late August for a 2 person backpacking trip for 4 days

3:31 p.m. on December 26, 2003 (EST)
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Easy and fairly cheap way is to fly into Anchorage, stay at one of the B&B's catering to backpackers and climbers, take the Alaska RR to the town of Mt McKinley Park, then the bus headed for Wonder Lake and get off along the road at your reserved trailhead. Contact Denali NP rangers on the Denali NP website for trail reservations. You will have to choose your sector before the permit will be issued.

You will be required to carry your food in one of the approved cannisters - Garcia or BearIKade. You can rent them, but you would be just as well off buying for the length of time you will have it.

Also, keep in mind that you won't be able to take your stove or fuel bottles on the plane. You can ship the clean dry non-odor stove and bottles via UPS or FedEx to be held for you in Anchorage (talk to the UPS and FedEx people about the procedures - better than having the airline confiscate the stove - the Anchorage airport has a display case full of confiscated stoves). If you are short of gear and to pick up fuel, Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking is a great shop (just north of Northern Lights Blvd on Spenard). REI is at the corner of Northern Lights and Spenard, but go to AMH first.

10:30 p.m. on January 7, 2004 (EST)
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I spent 5 days backpacking in Denali at the end of last August. Here are some of my observations from that trip.
Study the park website for the latest information. You

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