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elliottwill

Carpool to AK in June

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Hey,

 

I'm trying to get home from college to Alaska this summer, and flying's pretty expensive. I'd like to split the cost of gas and get a ride up there with someone-- or potentially drive myself if a couple people are interested. If you're going up there to climb, I grew up in Talkeetna, and can give you a place to stay. You can do a background check at flickr.com/photos/will_elliott. I'd be coming from California via Seattle.

 

Thanks!

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When are you thinking of going? I need to be in Talkeetna by June 26th, coming from Portland. I can fly, but if driving is cheaper, I'd want to drive like hell- minimum time from Portland to Talkeetna- how fast would you be interested in doing it?

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I'll be done with school in the 2nd week of June. I've got family in Portland, so it would be no problem to meet you there. The fastest I've made it from Seattle to Haines, AK, was 36 hours, including a long detour through Vancouver and the Sea to Sky highway. I was hoping to get home as fast as possible this time.

 

Driving is way cheaper than flying if you have 2+ people.

 

2600 miles / 20 mpg = 130 gallons * $3/gal = $390 / 2 people = about $200 altogether one way. Alaska Airlines wants something like $750 round trip if you buy the ticket now, so you save almost $400. For me, as a grad student money is more important than time, so this is a good deal.

 

Maybe we can get someone else to come along and help break up the driving?

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Look at Continental Airlines flights from SEA - ANC - you can pick them up <$300 depending on the date, or <$500 advanced purchase - and you should be able to get a cheap ride to SEA much cheaper

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elliot-

I was thining about my situation, and decided to buy a plane ticket. Got a roundtrip from PDX to ANC that fits my needs perfectly for $530. Sorry I couldn't help- but the time was the biggest factor. I'm stuck in a "career" job, so the time is worth more than the money, and my boss already wants to kill me for taking 24 days off.

hopefully you can find someone to ride, that would be hella fun.

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