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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

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

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

Camping in Alaska

Camping in Alaska The camping options you have at your finger tips span far and wide in Alaska. Maybe you want to go full force into the raw elements and cowboy camp under the stars and out in the open. On the other hand, you might need a break to relax into the creature comforts and recharge on your trip with showers and warm [...]

By |2020-02-14T19:37:42-09:00January 27th, 2020|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Camping in Alaska, Glamping, Luxury Camping, Seaside Camping, Wilderness Camping|Comments Off on Camping in Alaska

Alpine Views in The Chugach Range

  Alpine Views An Early Morning Start The van is parked, engine still hot from the ride through the mountains. We are at the backside of Hatcher Pass, at the feet of the Talkeetna range. Beyond the historic center where gold mining once thrived and far past the day hikers routes is where we start to assemble ourselves. The sun rise was bright [...]

By |2021-05-27T20:47:33-08:00December 9th, 2019|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Alaska Wildlife, Gear Information|Comments Off on Alpine Views in The Chugach Range

The First Steps of Adventure

A Taste for Exploration Bright oranges and pinks rise with the sun. Simultaneously, the van navigates the ever twisting perimeter of asphalt that skirts the Chugach range. We, the other guide and myself, are moving towards our morning gathering in Anchorage. The smell of morning coffee fills the van as we both go over, for the third time, our gear checklist and itinerary. The [...]

By |2021-08-19T09:13:50-08:00November 26th, 2019|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Exposure Alaska, Gear Information|Comments Off on The First Steps of Adventure

Gear Advice – A Guide to Layering

What to Wear in Alaska When exploring Alaska, especially the Prince William Sound or Matanuska Valley, it is important to be prepared for any weather. These features sit where the weather is unpredictable and quick to change. At Exposure Alaska, in conjunction with MICA Guides, we tell our clients to dress in layers: a base layer, an insulating layer, and a waterproof layer. Follow [...]

By |2021-08-19T08:50:38-08:00November 25th, 2019|Alaska Backpacking, Alaska Expedition, Alaska Kayaking, Gear Information, Glacier Activities, Matanuska Glacier, Prince William Sound|Comments Off on Gear Advice – A Guide to Layering

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