I'm planning my first trip to Alaska, here's a bit of background: I'm driving up to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park from Portland, Oregon sometime in late July. I got a bush plane setup to fly us from McCarthy, AK to a back country airstrip in the Park. We'll do some hiking, gold panning etc. and have a scheduled pick up a week or so later.
Here's my question: I'd like to have some way of communicating with either the flight company (in case we can't make it back to the airstrip as scheduled) or emergency services if something goes wrong, so what are my options? I don't have the budget for a new Sat Phone, but can I rent one somewhere? How about VHF radios? Or a personal locater beacon?
Thanks for the help.