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Posted: 10/28/08 08:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing. Your photos bring back happy memories of my family's trip there in 2006.

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Posted: 10/29/08 02:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chuck, that's a great trip report and the pictures are fantastic.

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Chuck,
Thanks for the tour. It's the self-same one we made in June of 2003. We camped in a gravel pit near the steel railroad bridge one night, and along the Denali Hwy, off on a jeep trail another night. This is remote stuff. Did you really pay $20 a night for 3 nights at McCarthy?
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Posted: 10/29/08 10:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awesome pictures of awesome country. I almost want to live there, keyword, almost. Looks like a great great time. Thanks for sharing the trip.





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JUrban wrote:

How did you make out with tires? We took the tour in rather than try to drive it with the big Class A, and were very glad we did. The tour folks used a 15 passenger Ford 350 van with good tires. Going in was fine but coming out we hit 3 of those infamous railroad spikes. Unfortunately, we only had 2 spares, so we had some waiting along the road. No real problem, just an adventure.

Cool trip in. I presume you used the 4wheelers over the river at McCarthy? The 4th of July, the glacier should have had the river running full, and the vehicle bridge didn't look to firm when we saw it.

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Tom had flats on both of his trailer tires about 10 miles out of Chitina on our way home. One was totaled and one was repairable by a shop in Chitina. We had 3 trailers and none of them used the same wheels and tires. We used our 4-wheelers to get to the town of McCarthy, The Kennicott Mill and the old mines in the mountains above Kennicott. We spooked a young grizzly out of the old mining road we used to get to the Bonanza Mine in the mountains above the Kennicott Mill. We used the pedestrian bridge to cross the Kennicott River rather than the vehicle bridge that is a toll bridge as I understand it.

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