I'm planning a surprise Alaska trip for my husband and 3 companions for next year. They are going to a fishing lodge for the first part of the trip and then camping the second half. I have some questions about camping that I'm hoping to get some guidance. The travel agents I've talked to have no clue about camping of course. LOL!
- Is it better to buy camping equipment and then donate it or use an equipment rental service? Any rental businesses that you'd recommend? If they buy then donate, any organizations that you'd recommend to donate the equipment?
- Is there a list of recommended camping equipment to use?
- I planned to purchase the current Mile Post book to give him when I tell him about the trip. Any other books you'd recommend or is it best to visit web sites like this for information?
- The drive from Sterling to Denali is 5-8 hours. Where realistically should they plan to camp? Talkeetna area?
- Ideally, I'd like to reserve them camping spots at Wonder Lake in Denali. Is this difficult to secure? Its a long bus ride to this camping spot and I worry if they would prefer to camp elsewhere instead of the long ride but beautiful views.
- I've also heard that camping in Denali National Park is busy and that Denali State Park is quieter. This group has gone canoeing and fishing for a week in the Canadian boundary waters north of Minnesota without even seeing another person in the park. So, they are experienced campers and would be comfortable with a bit of roughing it. Which area would you recommend for camping?
If there are any threads that would be helpful, please share them. Thanks - I truly appreciate the help!