Climbing Logistics

Where should we purchase food for our expedition?

Anchorage is the best place to purchase food for your expedition. Costco, Fred Meyers and Carrs will have most anything you could want. Most shuttles will include a stop as long as you request.

Where do we purchase fuel?

  • White Gas: You can purchase Coleman Fuel/White Gas from our office. For the Kahiltna Base Camp fuel is cached there and our base camp manager will distribute it when you arrive. For those traveling to other locations in the range, you will need to purchase it at our office and take it with you.

  • Butane/Propane: Several pressurized butane and butane/propane mix fuel containers are not approved for aircraft transport. Please keep this in mind when you are purchasing your supplies. We recommend “GIGA Power” or Primus Power Gas. Among the unapproved products are most MSR and Coleman products. K2 Aviation will carry the approved canisters for sale at the time of check in. 

How much fuel should we take?

It is recommended that you take 1/2 pint per person per day.

Where can I purchase climbing gear?

Before heading to Talkeetna, you can stop by Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking or REI in Anchorage. They are located within a short walk of one another and they have a wide selection of gear for purchase.

  • Alaska Mountaineering School (AMS) Mountain Shop
    AMS has a climbing store that is a short distance from our office. You will want to check in with them ahead of time to see if they have what you need.


Your expedition has a few options for transportation between Anchorage to Talkeetna. Most expeditions choose a shuttle service because it cost less and allows them the flexibility of shopping on their way to Talkeetna. Some expeditions choose to fly or take the Alaska Railroad for their return trip to Anchorage. Our staff will be glad to assist you in making these reservations.


A great way to travel back to Anchorage after your climb.

  • Alaska Railroad
    P.O. Box 107500
    Anchorage, AK 99510
    Phone: (907) 265-2494
    Toll Free: (800) 544-0552

Air Transportation

This can be a great option for most sized groups. It is a efficient way to get in and out of Anchorage and Talkeetna.

  • K2 Aviation
    Contact our office in Talkeetna at (907) 733-2291 or go to our contact us button. We provide one-way and round-trip quotes.

Shuttle Services

  • Denali Overland Transportation
    P.O. Box 330 Talkeetna,
    AK 99676
    Phone: (907) 773-2384
    Toll Free: (800) 651-5221
    Fax: (907) 733-2385

Anchorage Lodging

Please note, rates may vary so please check directly with the accommodation.

  • Anchorage Guest House
    2001 Hilcrest Drive
    Anchorage, Alaska 99517
    phone: 907-274-0408

    Hostel Style Bunk Room (4 bunks per room) - $35 per person per night plus tax
    King Room (1 or 2 persons) - $89 per night plus tax



  • Earth Tours Bed and Breakfast
    1001 West 12th Avenue
    Anchorage, Alaska 99501
    phone:  907-279-9907

    Private Room $115 to 130 plus tax (up to 3 people)


Talkeetna Lodging

Contact for current pricing 




It is important to carry some method of communicating in the mountains and there are several options. You will need to decide which will work best for your expedition.

Cell Phones

Cell phones have limited use in the mountains and should not be counted on as an emergency form of communication.

Family Band Radios

  • Monitored - National Park Service monitors the Family Band Radios from their 7,200 and 14,200 foot camps.   
  • Weather Report - Each evening the Kahiltna Base Camp Manager transmits the weather forecast at 8:10 p.m. 
  • Good Coverage - Light weight and relatively good coverage make Family Band Radios popular when climbing.

Satellite Phones

For climbs in remote areas, satellite phones are often the preferred form of communications.  Remember all forms of communication in the Alaska Range may not 100 percent reliable all the time.  Satellite phones work well, however, they may intermittently lose reception.

K2 Aviation has seen an increase in the popularity of satellite phones or VHF aviation radios. Weather is broadcasted through a “family band” radio station twice daily.  If your expedition is interested in renting a satellite phone, we recommend contacting Gregory Lee, a specialist in equipping climbers with lightweight & easy-to-use sat phones.  If you make a reservation IN ADVANCE, your satellite phone can be picked-up at K2 Aviation in Talkeetna.  Basic handheld sat phones have voice & 2-way short messaging.  Optional enhanced email capability is also available!

  • Alaska Satellite Phone Consultant

Gregory Lee
1-619-922-1777 (available 7 days/week)

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