Alaska Guide Articles
Are You Prepared for the Alaska Backcountry and the Alaska Factor?
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Are You Prepared for the Alaska Backcountry and the Alaska Factor?

Every year, throughout the year, people come to Alaska looking for wilderness adventures. Many will consider their experiences outside Alaska of whatever adventure they wish to pursue equal to those they plan to do while in Alaska. Yes, you can ...Read More

What are Glaciers and Why Do They Matter?
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What are Glaciers and Why Do They Matter?

There are over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, predominantly in the Southeast, Southcentral, and Central regions, spanning approximately 75,000 square kilometers of the state. Of these glaciers, only about 600 are named, and even fewer are studied in extensive detail. Because ...Read More

Packing for Denali Basecamp
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Packing for Denali Basecamp

This is intended to be a list for those who will be staying at Denali Basecamp, not for those making summit attempts on Denali or any of the major peaks in the vicinity. ...Read More

Driving the Denali Highway
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Driving the Denali Highway

If you're considering skipping Fairbanks and staying south of the Alaska Range you might be considering driving the Denali Highway. A 135 mile long dirt road with a gas station near each end and only one along it. ...Read More

Planning a Trip to Alaska
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Planning a Trip to Alaska

We get a lot of people asking for help in planning their trip to Alaska so we present the following; ...Read More

Visiting Valdez - Most everything you want to know
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Visiting Valdez - Most everything you want to know

First off is Valdez worth visiting, it's a long way down a dead-end road? If you traveled to Alaska to see what you thought Alaska looked like, then yes. (To see what Valdez has to offer check out the ...Read More

Different types of Glaciers and What They Are
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Different types of Glaciers and What They Are

Believe it or not many people do not know what a glacier is or that there are different types of glaciers. ...Read More

Anchorage's Peak III: Urban Skiing at Its Best
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Anchorage's Peak III: Urban Skiing at Its Best

The Chugach front range contains many tantalizing looking ski lines. However, many of them are rarely in skiable condition. During some years, snowfall is light. Other years, howling winds or rain clean the snow away as soon as it ...Read More

Snowboarding Thompson Pass
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Snowboarding Thompson Pass

Life's to short to put off seeing the world. Year after year had gone by and the stories of all the snow and terrain Alaska had to offer only built up. It was time to check it out and experience ...Read More

Keystone Canyon Ice Climbing: POS and the Alaska X Factor
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Keystone Canyon Ice Climbing: POS and the Alaska X Factor

Will this shirt be too warm? Where’s my helmet? Oh my God there is a mouse nest in my climbing boot. Getting ready for ice climbing after years away from the sport was not relaxing. Still, the ski terrain was ...Read More

Last Call for Silvers: Salmon Fishing on Portage Creek
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Last Call for Silvers: Salmon Fishing on Portage Creek

I have never gotten over the miracle of pulling fish out of our opaque waters. The milky, multi-colored water running through our glacial streams looks so eerie and lifeless. You can't see anything below the surface. And yet, one ...Read More

Something for Everyone on the Valdez Pack Trail of 1899
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Something for Everyone on the Valdez Pack Trail of 1899

The Valdez Trail of 1899 is a gem, but I only rarely see other people on it. It takes you through a series of different ecosystems from mossy forest to alpine tundra. The trail is generally kept in ...Read More