Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices

Talkeetna, Alaska
Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices

Sheldon Hanger
Talkeetna, Alaska 99676
United States

Important Conference Information:

Welcome to the registration site for the Sustainable Summits conference.  Registration is open to everyone and attendance is limited to 150 people; we recommend you register early.  The conference begins at 7PM, September 8th, for an evening program on early Denali mountaineering. The program schedule on September 9th, 10th and 11th will start promptly at 8:30AM each day and end about 5PM.  An hour is planned for lunch, with a box lunch provided each day. Throughout the day, coffee, tea and water will be available. Two hours are planned for a dinner break.  Three other evening keynote speaker sessions will start at 7PM and run to 8:30PM. On the first day, you will receive a conference notebook; after the conference a DVD set of the complete proceedings will be mailed to you. Please provide a good mailing address when you register.  An hourly schedule of the conference will be posted by May 1, 2013.

Registrant types:
We have four registrant types:  Attendees, Conference Participants, Vendors and Students.  The registration fee is $200US for Attendees, $400US for Vendors and $100US for Students. Participants, Vendors and Students will need a passcode in order to register.  Participants include volunteers, speakers and sponsors. We are limited to 10 Vendors and 20 students.  To obtain a passcode, contact Roger Robinson at <>  

There are many options to get to Talkeetna from Anchorage, including the Alaska Railroad, daily bus services and car rentals.  Downtown Talkeetna is very compact and can easily be managed by walking. We will be chartering a bus with a limited number of seats. It will depart on September 8th from Anchorage at 1PM and arrive in Talkeetna at 4PM.  On September 13th, a return bus will depart Talkeetna at 1PM and return to Anchorage at 4PM.  To sign up, go to the Agenda section of this registration.  Pick-up and drop-off locations TBA.  Bus cost $40 per person each way.

Sheldon Hanger/conference venue:
Talkeetna is a gateway community to the wilderness of Alaska and the location where 95% of all climbers fly into Denali National Park and Preserve. The conference will be held in the refurbished historic Sheldon Hanger which is now the town's performing arts center. Seating capacity is 150, including the balcony. The famous bush pilot, Don Sheldon, who pioneered glacier landings on Denali, built the hanger in the 1950's.  Many climbers in the 60's and early 70's set up their first basecamp in his hanger while they waited for the weather to fly.   

Overnight accommodations:
Talkeetna has a strong tourism base with a good assortment of lodging options, many of these within walking distance (1 mile) of the Sheldon Hangar.  There is camping available at several locations including no cost camping at the Alaska Mountaineering School's yard across from the Talkeetna Ranger Station. Some lodges are offering a discount if you mention you are attending the Sustainable Summits conference.  There are also several hostels, and several lodges have bunkrooms. 

Food options are plentiful, including a basic store, espresso stands, assorted shops offering daily baked goods, simple quick eateries/pizza, and numerous restaurants, from down-home to high-end.  All the food services are local (NO chain restaurants or fast food joints).  Talkeetna also has its own local brewery and many of the establishments serve alcohol. 

Talkeetna Ranger Station:
Climbers register for their climbs at the Talkeetna Ranger Station, located two blocks from the Sheldon Hangar.  Ranger staff will be giving a special program for conference guests over the lunch hour each day.  For Denali Mountaineering information, go to: <>  

Other activities:
Talkeetna has spectacular scenic flights into the Alaska Range, numerous river and fishing excursions, local hiking trails and a zip line. The day after the conference, September 12th, we will be offering two field trip options listed below.  You will be able to sign up for the field trips on the Agenda section of this registration:  

Field Trip A:  Denali National Park Visitor Center Tour, approximately 12 hours roundtrip time. This road trip is a highlight for many visitors, taking advantage of the beautiful fall color change. The trip will include a Denali sled dog demonstration, wildlife viewing opportunities and a tour of Denali National Park Visitor Center.  Time will be given to purchase a lunch and dinner. Departure at 8AM from the Sheldon Hanger on September 12th.  Cost $60 per person.

Field Trip B:  Denali State Park Hike, 5 hours hiking, approximately 8 hours roundtrip time.  The hike will start from Byers Lake in Denali State Park and continue up the new Cascade trail to gain the spectacular Kesugi Ridge.  Elevation gain of 1700 feet in 8 miles roundtrip. This is not a difficult hike but requires good stamina.  Hiking boots and rain gear are required. If weather allows, views of the Alaska Range are spectacular.  Lunch will be provided. Departure at 8:30AM from the Sheldon Hanger on September 12th.  Cost $30 per person.

Mountaineering Centennial Party in Anchorage:  At approximately 7PM on September 13th, the American Alpine Club's Alaska Section will host a party in Anchorage.  This will be a fun event to celebrate 100 years of Denali mountaineering.  Details TBA.

By the time of the conference we will be in full fall colors with the potential for frost at night.  Plan for rain, clouds and/or brilliant clear weather.  Northern lights (aurora borealis) may be visible on clear nights.  Day time temperatures could reach 60's Fahrenheit, though the average is in the 40's and 50's. 

We look forward to meeting you in September 2013 for this unique gathering of the world's mountain leaders.  The American Alpine Club and Denali National Park and Preserve welcome you!

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