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Learning the Ropes

Ice Climbing on the Matanuska The morning time and start of the day is consistently changing in Alaska. Especially near a glacier. They create sort of a microcosm of their own weather systems. And so each day the gear and the plans change when it comes to climbing glacier ice. Ice Climbing on Glaciers Glaciers, like the Matanuska, are known for their Kendall [...]

By |2021-10-04T02:47:42-08:00September 15th, 2021|Alaska Expedition, Anchorage Adventure, Glacier Activities, Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing, Matanuska Glacier|Comments Off on Learning the Ropes

How To: Reading a Topographic Map

An Age of Accessibility Topographic maps are an essential piece of backcountry equipment that everyone should bring along with them. Especially in areas without established trails. Paired with an orienteering compass and the right skills and knowledge, good topo maps are invaluable in any terrain. Decades ago, the U.S. government took on the enormous task of surveying and mapping the entire United States back [...]

By |2021-08-18T11:22:40-08:00June 15th, 2021|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Map Reading|Comments Off on How To: Reading a Topographic Map

A Guide to Packing your Backpack

Alaska Packing Guide Proper Packing Not all Alaska backpacking trips are the same, nor are all packs created the same. We may be packing for different lengths of trips in different weather conditions. Simultaneously, we may need a varying degree of gear to safely and comfortably complete our trip. However, there are a number of steps anyone can take to pack their gear in [...]

By |2021-08-18T11:26:56-08:00May 16th, 2021|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Camping in Alaska, Gear Information|Comments Off on A Guide to Packing your Backpack

A Getaway to the Matanuska

A Matanuska Getaway Over the years many trips have been explored and different itineraries filled. Yet, no matter the place or time, it always seems hard to be able to get to every single detail that comes with planning a vacation. And if you're not careful, your vacation may turn into more work than the relaxation and adventure you were hoping for. With this [...]

By |2021-05-12T21:56:25-08:00May 12th, 2021|Alaska Expedition, Alaska Luxury Camping, Camping in Alaska, Exposure Alaska, Glacier Activities, Matanuska Glacier|Comments Off on A Getaway to the Matanuska

Alpenglow: An Optical Phenomenon

Alpenglow The way a sun sets seems to be different everywhere you go. The colors more saturated, the golden hour just a bit longer, the translucent hues playing across cloud covers. Each sunset feels like a finger print of the Earth, unique and different in nuanced ways. The same goes for alpine sunsets. These sunsets seem to have a burning glow that blanket the [...]

By |2021-04-30T08:59:12-08:00October 23rd, 2020|Alpenglow, Exposure Alaska, Matanuska Glacier, Natural Wonders of Alaska, Talkeetnah Range|Comments Off on Alpenglow: An Optical Phenomenon

Favorite Backpacking Recipes

Favorite Backpacking Recipes This group enjoys a warm meal after a long day You’ve probably done it before, spent your entire backcountry trip eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, and ramen. I get it, all of these meals are light and easy. But, aren’t you tired of eating the same thing? Those meals are mindless and flat. I bet you and [...]

By |2020-09-22T10:31:24-08:00September 22nd, 2020|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Recipes|Comments Off on Favorite Backpacking Recipes

The Beauty of the Wrangell-St. Elias Range

The Beauty of the Wrangell-St. Elias Range Destination: The Great Outdoors Sitting on my 70 pound pack, roped to my teammates with snowshoes inhibiting me from removing my harness (forcing me to hold my pee all day), I just wanted a snack. Every time I attempted to bring my granola to my mouth, the whipping winds of the Nabesna Glacier swept it from my [...]

By |2020-09-22T10:17:18-08:00September 22nd, 2020|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Backpacking Expedition, Gear Information, Wilderness Camping|Comments Off on The Beauty of the Wrangell-St. Elias Range

Training for Backpacking

How to Train for a Backpacking Trip Backpacking is an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a very physically demanding one. No matter how ultra-lightweight your pack is, your body still needs to be able to handle hiking long days, gaining elevation, and enduring the elements. The miles won’t hike themselves. Being physically prepared is key in order to make the most out [...]

By |2020-09-22T10:08:16-08:00September 15th, 2020|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition|Comments Off on Training for Backpacking

Sleeping on a Glacier

Sleeping on a Glacier An Ice Climbers Dream Sleeping on a glacier is a fabled experience for many. I have been lucky enough to go on two overnight glacier trips in less than a week.  When thinking about spending the night on the glacier, one's mind would immediately think about how cold and wet the experience might be. Working with a long time local [...]

By |2021-02-19T19:16:37-09:00August 10th, 2020|Alaska Expedition, Camping in Alaska, Exposure Alaska, Glacier Activities, Glacier Trekking|Comments Off on Sleeping on a Glacier

Backpacking in the Rain

Backpacking in the Rain Some of my very best and very worst backpacking memories have been in rainy weather. The difference between them: preparation. If you’re backpacking in Alaska it's wise to assume you will encounter rain regardless of forecasts. Be Prepared In preparation for your trip it’s important to pack wisely, and learn about responding to rain in the backcountry. These two elements [...]

By |2020-07-21T23:02:37-08:00July 21st, 2020|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Exposure Alaska, Wilderness Camping|Comments Off on Backpacking in the Rain

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