Packing for Denali National Park


The trusty old truck and camper are packed and ready to roll for my Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park. I packed for 10 days; food, water and extra gas in 5 gallon cans. We are bringing our bicycles to provide another mode of transportation from the Murie cabin where we will be based. I’m not sure if I will be able to connect to the internet during my stay, I’ve packed the laptop and hope I can publish a blog or two and check email at the Toklat Ranger Station where we have access to showers.

The residency includes use of the historic John Murie cabin outfitted for wilderness comfort with a propane refrigerator and stove, but has no electricity or running water. This should be a great adventure. I’m planning to do a lots of photography, miles of hiking and biking, and will keep the sketch book handy at all times. My daily journal is important for notes and observations. Included in my supplies are tools for pen and ink sketching, I’m planning to produce drawings in ink directly on location, weather permitting. Painting on location is not something I normally practice, but I may try some quick studies using my tiny back packer watercolor set.

We are expecting frequent encounters with wildlife as this location is known for grizzly bear, caribou, sheep, fox, wolves, and other small critters. Binoculars are a must.

If I am unable to obtain internet connections I will save my blog posts and publish them when we return.

Gail Niebrugge, Denali artist-in-residence

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  1. God bless you on this wonderful opportunity and adventure, Gail! Will look forward to hearing of your experiences and seeing your photos in due course.

    Noella XX

  2. Hi Noella, Just drove out of the park and am giving a presentation at the Murie Science and Learning Center tonight. Hopefully I’ll be home and begin updating my blog tomorrow. Gail

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