700 Sq. Ft., 1 Bedroom Cabin With All Utilities And Full Kitchen. Private Sauna.
The bedroom has a queen-size bed which, according to friends and family who have slept on it, is incredibly comfortable. Reading lamps are located on each side of the bed. Dimmable ceiling lights allow guests to set the mood. Two large windows look out into the peaceful and undeveloped woodlands surrounding the cabin. A full-size pullout couch in the small living room provides sleeping capacity for an additional two adults.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Smoking is not permitted in the cabin or inside any Basecamp building. It is customary in Alaska to remove shoes upon entry into a cabin or home. Well-behaved and controlled pets are welcome at no additional charge. We don't let our dogs into our cabin when they're wet or dirty, so we expect our guests to do likewise. A water hose and towels are available to clean 'em up and dry 'em off. The wilderness setting of Talkeetna Basecamp is quiet, peaceful and private. These are the values we offer. Our expectation is that our guests will respect and embrace them as we do. Being "off-the-grid" Talkeetna Basecamp by necessity must be as energy efficient and sustainable as possible. Solar panels, supplemental by a generator, charge the batteries which provide all of our electricity. The capacity is finite so we ask our guests to do what we have to do day in and day out - be sensitive and thoughtful about electrical use. For example, we don't use a drip coffee maker or blow dryer. It's astounding how much electrical power such devices draw. You'll understand better if you take a walk-through of our power system. It is not a "house rule" that you can't use a blow dryer or turn on lots of lights. We just ask guests to be as mindful of electrical (and water) usage as we have to be.
Peter D. Armington
About Peter D. Armington
Peter retired in 2011 after a 38-year career working as a park ranger for the National Park Service. He served as the Chief Ranger of Denali National Park from 2003 until 2011. He started his NPS career as a backcountry/climbing ranger in Colorado's Rocky Mountain NP. Subsequent assignments took him to Yosemite, Grand Teton and Isle Royal National Parks. Peter specialized in search and rescue throughout his NPS career. He developed a revolutionary new helicopter rescue technique in Grand Teton which in 1994 earned him the Hal Foss Award, the highest annual award presented by the National Association for Search and Rescue. In a formal 2009 ceremony in Washington DC, the Secretary of the Interior presented Peter with the prestigious peer-nominated Harry Yount Award, the highest honor an NPS ranger can aspire to. He remains most proud of all the lives he and fellow rangers helped save during his career. In 2013, the Discovery Channel asked us to participate in an episode of their "Buying Alaska" series. We did it for grins and giggles and got paid gas and lunch money for three long days of shooting. How generous! One can still find our episode with a Google search. Martha is originally from Connecticut, and while always a New Englander at heart, loves the freedom of living in rural Alaska. Being able to walk out the door, dogs in tow and off leash, into miles of woods, gravel roads and trails, is a step back into her childhood. Martha worked for the National Park Service for 30 years as a ranger specializing in law enforcement and emergency services. She started as a patrol officer with the United States Park Police in Washington DC and as a horse patrol ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore. Subsequent patrol and supervisory assignments took her to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Finishing her career working in Denali NP was the icing on a very delicious cake. A fledgling Master Gardener, Martha spends as much time "in the dirt" she can.
Peter D. Armington purchased this Cabin in 2009
Why Peter D. Armington chose Susitna North
When looking for a house or piece of property, did you ever discover one where you immediately knew that "this is it"? Driving up the Basecamp driveway in the Fall of 2009, and before even seeing the cabin, Martha and I looked at each other and just knew this was going to be the special place we'd spent three years searching for in Talkeetna. Camp 1, the Guest Cabin, was completely renovated by Pete in 2015. Newcomers to Basecamp, even service delivery folks, always comment on what a great view and location we have. You can't see another structure from our 5 acres except for a barn on the distant horizon. On a clear day from either the decks of the sauna or the campfire circle, the views of Denali, Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and the expansive Susitna River Valley are amazing. You can't see the mountains from the cabin itself, nestled as it is in a grove of white birch and spruce trees. We can't bring ourselves to cut these trees down just to open up a mountain view. You'll just have to take a sauna, sit around the campfire circle or take a walk around the property and surrounding country to take in the views.
What makes this Cabin unique
The privacy and views from Basecamp's ridgetop setting cannot be matched by most lodging accommodations in Talkeetna or in the flat birch forest along the Talkeetna Spur Road where other lodging options are located. We have year-round road access and most modern amenities, but are "off-the-grid"; we have no commercial utility services. Solar panels and a backup generator charge the batteries that provide all of our electricity needs. Talkeetna Basecamp is a road accessible rural Alaska property surrounded by wild lands. Our location is why we see moose, an occasional bear and other critters so often around Basecamp's 5 acres. The Talkeetna Mountain Range, to the east of Basecamp, serve as a beautiful backdrop for the local pond and surrounding wetlands adjacent to our property. Mew gulls and Sandhill cranes annually migrate to nest in this wetland. They are a joy to watch and listen to. We love to swim in the pond once it warms up around the middle of June. Spring through Fall, guests can hike or walk into the surrounding country right out of the front door of the cabin.