The Sheldon Chalet: A family affair in the Alaskan wilderness
Sometimes it takes a family. In this case, three generations of Sheldons -- starting with the legendary pilot, Don Sheldon, who pioneered techniques for landing on glaciers. In the 1950s, Sheldon filed a homestead claim on a mountain about 10 miles from the summit of Denali. In 1966, Sheldon and his wife Roberta built a rustic cabin they called the Mountain House to attract some of Alaska’s first adventure tourists. The cabin is still in use today and often booked a year in advance.
Fast forward to 2018. Sheldon’s son, Robert, and his wife Marne, are about to open a luxury lodge on the same mountain. Their three sons helped to build the foundation.
In Part 3 of this week’s Frontiers, “Sheldon Chalet: One family’s Alaska dream,” Rhonda McBride talks with Don Sheldon’s grandsons about what it was like to help make their grandfather’s vision a reality.
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