A railway hub and proverbial base camp for the Alaskan climbing fraternity, Talkeetna sits in the savage shadow of Mt McKinley, whose bulk towers over the surrounding taiga like a sugar-frosted Kilimanjaro. Talkeetna is also a town with a healthy sense of its own ludicrousness. Its mayor since 1997 has been a 17-year-old cat – repeat: a cat – called Stubbs. The stealthy feline leader, who once rubbed shoulders with...
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