Boarding a Plane
The first climbers to attempt to reach the top of Mount McKinley in the early 1900s spent three weeks hiking and hauling supplies before they reached base camp. Today’s climbers board a ski-equipped aircraft for the short 35-minute flight from Talkeetna. Upon arrival, climbers check in with the base camp manager who coordinates communications between climbers and air taxis. During the peak climbing season there can be as many as 500 climbers coming and going from base camp.