More than 300 miles from Anchorage and perched on the border of massive 13.2 million-acre Wrangell St Elias National Park and Preserve, St Elias Alpine Guides lead advanced wilderness tours from their headquarters in McCarthy—population 28. Tour package options include combinations of Wrangell St Elias hiking, overnight backpacking expeditions, mountaineering climbs, river rafting trips and alpine skiing adventures. Wrangell St Elias guides are trained in emergency backcountry survival and provide insight into the stunning geography of the world’s largest preserved wilderness area. The park rises from the ocean up to 18,008-foot Mount St Elias. It is approximately the same size as Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Switzerland combined.
Day Tripping to Kennecott or a Glacier
Fly to Alaska backcountry for a day of Wrangell St Elias hiking. Hike a glacier. Raft an Alaska river. Learn to ice climb. Tour the historic mining town of Kennecott. Participate in a backcountry skills seminar.
Wrangell St Elias Hiking and Backpacking
Explore Alaska on foot. Walk the tundra-covered slopes of Donoho Peak. Trek Upper Chitistone Goat Trail through Chitistone Canyon. Push your limits on a Glacier and Tundra backpacking trip. Hike from the historic mining town of Kennecott to a remote landing strip on the Lakina River. Fly to the starting point of your hike in a small bush plane then hike around Pyramid Peak, over the narrow shoulder of Andrus Peak to the ruins of Chititu gold mining camp and finally to May Creek. Start at Bremner gold mine in the Chugach Mountains, ascend high passes, cross lush tundra, cross massive glaciers and end at Iceberg Lake. Begin a Wrangell St Elias hiking trip at iceberg-filled Nizina Lake, cross the Nizina Glacier to end at Skolai Pass.
Mountaineering in the Wrangell Mountains
Learn mountaineering skills or improve those you already have with instructional courses in the Wrangell St Elis backcountry. Learn the basics of expedition style climbing, learn or improve skills in crevasse rescue, avalanche avoidance and roped travel with these Wrangell St Elias guides. Put mountaineering skills to the test on Mount Bear or Mount Blackburn, at 16,390 feet the tallest peak in the Wrangell Mountains and the fifth highest peak in the U.S. Experience arctic weather, high elevation and heavy glaciation mountaineering on Mount Bona. Climb eight to ten days on Mount Drum using basic mountaineering skills. Ski and climb on Mount Sanford. Ascend the North Ridge of University Peak. Mountaineer on Mount St. Elias itself. Combine Wrangell St Elias backpacking and mountaineering on non-technical peaks in the high country of the Chugach Mountains. Bush planes give you access to the area.
Skiing in the Alaska Range
Ski all summer long. Ski-equipped bush planes provide access to the Alaska Range and Wrangell St Elias National Park. Ski routes that have rarely, if ever, been skied before. Combine skiing and mountaineering.
Rafting on Glacier-Fed Rivers
Explore Alaska glaciers, tundra, streams, and glacially fed river routes via raft. This is not whitewater rafting or fishing, it is pure exploration in a way that is available by no other means of transportation. Good food, comfortable camping, and evening campfires are part of the experience.
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