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Monday, August 8, 2022

Denali: Crown Jewel of our National Parks by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Denali:  Crown Jewel of our National Parks
by Robert Glenn Ketchum




Starting in 1985, I spent 24yrs. visiting Alaska several times each year. Of the many places that I went, my favorite was to stay at Camp Denali, where I often lectured and taught workshops. These images were all created during those numerous visits.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, August 8, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #5
Denali #5:  
Once we got the Camp Denali canoes unlocked, Travis, Talja, and I, headed out into the glassy waters of Wonder Lake. Denali loomed over the far end of the lake, and cast a near perfect reflection in front of us. Pretty much the only ripples were ones of our making. A good morning was had by all.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2022,
@RbtGlennKetchum @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #4
Denali #4:  
At the foot of the ridge on which Camp Denali is built, lies Wonder Lake, where several canoes are maintained for the use of the guests. On this particular morning, Denali was “out” under a perfectly clear sky, so after breakfast, Travis, Talja, and I, decided we would walk down the hill, and canoe on the lake to take in the stunning view. Actually, there was more to see than just Denali. The sunrise creeping down Strawberry Ridge, was being reflected in the still waters of the lake, and that was a show worth taking in, as well.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2022,
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Monday, July 25, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #3
Denali #3:  
There are many advantages to staying in Camp Denali, besides the amazing view of the mountain, the knowledgeable naturalist/guides, the great food, and the informative evening programs, for one, when you wake up you are inside the park staring at Denali. About this same time, all of those staying in the hotels outside the park are having breakfast prior to their 6hr. drive each way, that only takes them to the halfway point of the park road. At Camp Denali on a clear day, you will likely be having breakfast looking at this. No one staying outside the park will ever see a sunrise on the summit.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2022,
@RbtGlennKetchum @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #2
Denali #2:  
To the disappointment of many, when they get to the Eielson Visitor Center, where you do have a distant view of the mountain, you still may not see it, because Denali generates its own weather and is only visible about 45 days of the year, many of them in the winter. Lots of tourist who have had multiple visits to the park still have never see Denali. There is lodging within the park in a spectacular setting that looks directly at the mountain, and overlooks wonder lake. Called Camp Denali, it hosts 19 rustic log cabins on a high ridge, along with a library, several equipments sheds, a large dining hall, and kitchen. The cabins have no electricity, but use kerosene lamps, and are heated by a potbelly stove. Nor is there running water, but just off the cabin porch (that faces Denali) there is a water pump. The cabin beds are covered with quilts, and although spare, the accommodations are VERY comfortable. This lodging is the VERY best way to really see the park, and the peak, but it does not come cheaply, costing $1,100 per night, per person with a minimum stay of 3-days. The price is all inclusive, the dining is fabulous, and the daily guided hikes are led by knowledgable naturalists. Denali is part of the 600-mile long Alaska Range many peaks of which are 10,000ft or greater. Often the range is below the cloudline that so often surrounds Denali summit, and until the mountain can be seen, guests often ask, “how much bigger is Denali than the summits in the range?” This picture gives you a clue. Look carefully at the cloud layers in the upper right. That is just a small portion of the mountains face, peaking out between the clouds.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2022,
@RbtGlennKetchum @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #1
Denali #1:  
At 20,310ft., Denali is the tallest mountain in North America, and the center piece of the surrounding park and preserve that covers a staggering 6,045,153-acres. There is only one road in the park, and from the park entrance to Kantishna at the end of the road, it is 135-miles long, and mostly gravel. Most who visit the park stay in a concentration of hotels just outside the park, and wake early to eat breakfast and board a bus that will take them in. Around midday they will arrive at the Eielson Visitor Center, which, to the surprise of many, is as far as the bus will go before turning back. I say “surprise” because they are still many miles away from Denali, although it can be seen with telescopes and binoculars. Just to get to this point, and return back to their hotels, takes ALL day, and they have only driven 1/2 the road.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2022,
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