Our Company

Alaska Alpine Adventures was conceptualized during many seasons of exploration throughout Lake Clark National Park by founders Dan Oberlatz and Derek Nelson.  During this time, we held odd jobs and lived a life focused on climbing, skiing, and hiking as much of Lake Clark as we could possibly afford.  Work simply meant the means to pay for our next flight into the wilderness, and time spent in the wild was the currency we preferred to earn.  From first ascents and descents of remote peaks of the Alaska and Aleutian mountain ranges, to extended backpacking trips and speed hikes, our lives were rich with Alaska experience and the lifestyle was wealthy.   Our explorations fostered a profound appreciation and respect for the Alaska wilderness, a remarkable skill-set, and a passion for pure wilderness travel.  Furthermore, our collection of experiences became the seed for Alaska Alpine Adventures, which became a reality in 1998.   

Since our early days on Lake Clark,  it is the blend of “what we do” and “who we are” that has made AAA.  We are quite simply a group of explorers and naturalists sharing with our guests the incredible beauty of Alaska – The Great Land.  Our goal and passion is to give participants the opportunity to experience, through pure Adventure Travel, the exhilaration, the wonder, the grandeur, and the solitude of Alaska’s magnificent national parks and wildlife refuges.

As guides, however, we are more than simply leaders into the areas we venture. Throughout the Alaska Alpine Adventures' experience, we endeavor not only to share these amazing landscapes on foot, raft, skis, or kayak, but also to help our clients develop a sense of commitment to and appreciation for the vast public lands we visit.  We strive to be good stewards of the truly wild and intact ecosystems we explore, and are committed to educating ourselves and others to respect and protect the wilderness areas that make these wonderful adventure tourism experiences possible.    

Because we promote the educational component of our expeditions, we tend to attract visitors bent on exploring and experiencing “real” Alaska - rather than simply "peak bagging" or "thrill seeking."  We believe that this is also due in large part to the fact that we project conservation ethics, cultural awareness, and environmental commitment throughout all aspects of our enterprise.  

Our impressive collection of experiences represents not only our history, but also the blueprint for the future of Alaska Alpine Adventures.   When you choose to travel with us, you can rest assured that your trip has been meticulously planned and executed by real Alaskans with authentic Alaska know-how, skill, and ability.

Gear Rental

Travelling to Alaska, but short a few items on your gear list? We offer a few of the "must have" items for rent at reasonable prices.

The Best Food

Our healthy, flavorful, filling, and nutritious Gourmet Backcountry Cuisine has won multiple awards!

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