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Alaska: Flying Denali National Park‏

August 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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John and I left Talkeetna today to fly around Denali National Park and to even land on a glacier there. We took a little one-engine De Havilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft with a pilot and seven other passengers. All of us had window seats offering incredible views, and I even had the co-pilot’s seat for half of the trip.

Before we got so high where we saw nothing but snow, ice, rock, and mountains, the tundra was already showing its fall colors.

Fall in Denali National Park

Fall in Denali National Park


At higher elevations we seemed to see as many glaciers as mountains.

One of the Larger Glaciers

One of the Larger Glaciers

Landslide in the Glacier

Landslide in the Glacier

Glacier Streams

Glacier Streams

Peaks and Glaciers

Peaks and Glaciers

We landed on Eldridge Glacier at 7,200 feet in 26 degree weather.

John and the Plane on the Glacier

John and the Plane on the Glacier

Just as we landed, another plane was taking off from the glacier.

Take Off from the Glacier

Take Off from the Glacier

Jagged Peaks

Jagged Peaks

Since John and I sat on opposite sides of the airplane, we got different views.

Cliffs (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

Cliffs (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

Outcrops Around a Glacier (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

Outcrops Around a Glacier (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

The top of Denali itself was covered with clouds so we got only a glimpse from the plane. However, we got a clear view of it from Talkeetna, which made the trip complete.

Denali from Talkeetna

Denali from Talkeetna

John and I left Talkeetna today to fly around Denali National Park and to even land on a glacier there. We took a little one-engine De Havilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft with a pilot and seven other passengers. All of us had window seats offering incredible views, and I even had the co-pilot’s seat for half of the trip.

Before we got so high where we saw nothing but snow, ice, rock, and mountains, the tundra was already showing its fall colors.
Fall in Denali National Park

At higher elevations we seemed to see as many glaciers as mountains.

One of the Larger Glaciers

Landslide in the Glacier


Glacier Streams

Peaks and Glaciers

We landed on Eldridge Glacier at 7,200 feet in 26 degree weather.
John and the Plane on the Glacier

Just as we landed, another plane was taking off from the glacier.
Take Off from the Glacier

Jagged Peaks

Since John and I sat on opposite sides of the airplane, we got different views.
Cliffs (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

Outcrops Around a Glacier (Photo Courtesy of John Dodson)

The top of Denali itself was covered with clouds so we got only a glimpse from the plane. However, we got a clear view of it from Talkeetna, which made the trip complete.
Denali from Talkeetna

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gretchen // Sep 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Spectacular photos!

  • 2 myrna // Dec 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hello
    I came across your site while searching for images for a museum in Alaska. Do you allow institutions to use/license your images?
    Thank you for your time.
    Sincerely,
    Myrna Newcomb

  • 3 David Mendosa // Dec 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Myrna,

    Yes. Please write me directly at mendosa@mendosa.com about how you will use my image(s) and what resolution you require.

    Best regards,

    David

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