Online Version 2010

2010 Season Highlights

Road Rehabilitation Project

Last year we reported on the Denali National Park road widening project between miles 73 and 86. The project began in earnest this year, widening the road in certain sections. The creation of additional intervisible passing pullouts will provide more safe places for buses to pass one another. Park visitors this summer noticed large culverts staged on the sides of the road awaiting installation, as well as heavy equipment, flagging and road cuts where expansion was taking place.

Denali’s new Vehicle Management Plan, which determines the system used to provide visitor transportation into the Park, is set be released in 2012 when the current plan expires. An Enviromental Impact Statement and the Road Capacity Study will be considered. Find out more about road issues in Denali at the Denali National Park website.

Roundup of Projects at the Lodges

The 2010 project season started early after the discovery during a winter visit that the North Face Lodge spring had frozen solid.  This caused no small alarm, as it has always flowed freely all winter long, often producing frost crystals a foot long on the inside of the springhouse. All signs pointed to deeply frozen ground as the culprit, including huge ice formations on nearby Lake Creek and Moose Creek, where our ground water appeared to be diverting to.  So in early April, amid returning sunlight and warmth, Simon and friend Peter Harrison flew in and spent the day plowing snow to help speed the thawing of the ground around the springhouse. Did it have the desired effect? Hard to tell, but with only days to go before the arrival of the full staff cohort, we were greatly relieved to see the spring once again flowing freely at full capacity, where it remained all season.

In addition, the following accomplishments marked the 2010 Operations season:

•Completion of guest room remodeling at North Face Lodge
•Remodel of the NFL staff room
•Water treatment upgrades at Camp Denali
•Installation of skirting and gutters at Potlatch
•Acquisition of a Ford F-800 truck for heavy hauling and towing
•A new satellite earth station for dramatically enhanced office communications and guest and staff phone service
•Fuel storage upgrades at Upper Camp

Back to Online Version 2010

The Newsletter of
Camp Denali,
North Face Lodge,
& Parkside Guest House

November 2013

Edited by Jan Tomsen

Illustrations by William D. Berry 

P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-2290

The enthusiasm of our staff is what makes our guest experience so memorable! 

General staff positions are available for the 2014 season, as well as the following professional seasonal positions: Dinner Cooks, Skilled Maintenance Workers, and Naturalist Guides.

Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit for our organization, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website.

If What They Say Is True...

that life

begins at forty

I was premature

My second life -

not second childhood -

no- a whole, real life

began at thirty-eight

when I came here -

here to Alaska -

alien milieu

of wilderness,

strange life-styles,

different ways.

Turned forty-five,

I formalized my adaptation

in a rite-of-passage -

acquisition of

some twenty acres,

strewn with gold.

My summers there,

apprenticeship and mastery,

in part were spent

upon my knees

with chisel, dandelion pick,

trowel and spoons,

in part calf-deep

in icy water,

waders, rubber gloves.

My eyes

turned eagle-sharp to spot

one pin-point fleck

of treasure

to increase my hoard

or, more often, to assist

slow-learner tourists

to a “real” experience...

no salted dirt,

no tall, convenient trough

to stand at comfortably;

success not guaranteed,

but always found.

My forties, fifties, sixties,

early seventies

that second life flowed on.

Three decades plus

wrought changes

in the creek,

the tourists,


All things must end,

(another saying, that),

and so -

I’m on my third life now,

excepting memories.

© Louise Gallop

Used by permission of

Louise Gallop Estate

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