For a few months each year, one of the busiest “airports” in Alaska isn’t technically an airport at all. It’s Denali base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier. The vast majority of climbers fly in from Talkeetna to the camp at just over 7,000 feet to start their trek. On arrival, climbers are met by base camp manager Lisa Roderick. She says her job on the mountain involves wearing multiple hats. One of her regular tasks is calling the air services in town with current weather conditions in the Alaska Range.
“They love having a person up there that can tell them what the ever-changing conditions are doing. As climbers fly in, I help unload the planes and just facilitate getting the planes moving and keeping things running smooth. As the climbers are done climbing the mountain, I call there air service and get their flight out…” (more…)