Alaska Photo of the Month - April 2017

We looking forward to long, sunny days spent backpacking through the wildflowers of Lake Clark National Park, like the day captured in our April Photo of the Month!

Alaska Adventure Travel & Suffering Well

     It’s been 16 years since Derek and I launched Alaska Alpine Adventures with a meager life savings (after all we were ski/climb bums) and a notion that we’d stumbled upon something very special - a national park with millions of acres of untouched wilderness, endless rivers, glaciers, lakes, and mountains, a paucity of visitors, abundant wildlife, and a rich cultural history tied to salmon.  Lake Clark felt like a blank canvas that was ours to paint and I remember often thinking to myself, ‘is this for real?’ - how can it be that a place this amazing has seen so little in the way of exploration?  How can it be that most of these mountains remain unclimbed?  How can it be that there aren’t people clambering to experience this wonderful piece of the planet?’  It simply seemed to me that this incredible opportunity was ours for the taking, and we jumped at it.  Nearly two decades later, I’m on a flight returning from the 12th annual Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Puerto Varas, Chile and reflecting on one of the conference's most curious questions - what exactly is adventure travel?  That question, as it turns out, is difficult for some to answer, but for me the answer lies squarely in Alaska!

Alaska Photo of the Month - January 2012

So let's begin the new year with a shot from summer in Gates of the Arctic National Park. Even though our Alaska days are now growing longer by the hour and we're having a spectacular winter, we all long for the warmth of midnight arctic sunlight and yearn to shed a layer or two of winter garb.

Alaska Photo of the Month - March 2011

Here's the 4th (and for those of you counting, I did miss a month or two!) from our exploratory trip into Denali National Park this past summer.  First things first - what comes to mind when you look at this photo?  If you're thinking words like ominous, dark, wet, slippery, steep, loose, or just plain scary, then you certainly have good wilderness instinct!  In fact, in reality, this slope was even more difficult and dangerous than the picture conveys.  

Alaska Photo of the Month - December 2010

 Happy Holidays Everyone!  Here's the third (yep - 3 in a row!) from our exploratory trip into Denali National Park this past summer.

Alaska Photo of the Month - November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! Two photos in row and within a month of each other - I must be on a roll.  I guess I feel energized to take back Alaska, since it has unfortunately been hijacked by a person who shall remain nameless! Here's the second image from our exploratory trip into Denali National Park this past summer.

Alaska Photo of the Month - October 2010

 I've decided to dedicate the next few images to Denali National Park - a place we got to know a little better this past summer.   As many of you know, my passion is exploring the unexplored.  I'm thankful to live in a place on earth where the notion of "unexplored" is real and opportunity to share these landscapes with others is possible. 

Alaska Photo of the Month - March 2008

As I was editing my slides (yes I'm still a 35mm film guy!!!) from last summer, this image nearly jumped from the light table.  It fit my parameters for a photo of the month - an image that conveys solitude, bewilderment, wonder, wilderness, and adventure.

Alaska Photo of the Month - January 2008

I took this shot in July of 2004 while guiding our Turquoise to Twin Traverse backpacking trip in Lake Clark National Park. Pictured is our first camp at the spectacular and remote Turquoise Lake - located right in the heart of the park.  Access to this amazing wilderness is solely by floatplane and roughly a 1.5 hour flight from Anchorage.

Available Trips in Lake Clark National Park

Neacola High Route - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 Days
LENGTH: 60 miles
SEASON: Summer

Their route took them across 30+ miles of glacier ice, over 4 high glacier passes, down polished granite slabs, up miles of loose talus and moraine, across braided glacier rivers, through thickets of dense green alder thickets, and along ancient...

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Twin Lakes Paddle - Lake Clark National Park
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DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Recognized in 2010 as one of National Geographic's "Tours of a Lifetime", join us to experience Alaska’s best kayaking and hiking trip. The supreme wilderness of Twin Lakes, located in the heart of Lake Clark National Park, is a wonderland...

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Turquoise Glacier High Route - Lake Clark National Park
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DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 60+ miles
SEASON: Summer

We pioneered this route in 2006 and found it to be perhaps Alaska’s most quintessential backpacking adventure.  In addition to the magical solitude and intimate beauty of Lake Clark National Park, this traverse also gives a comprehensive introduction to Alaska...

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Basecamp Bears - Katmai National Park

DURATION: 5 days
LENGTH: 15 miles
SEASON: August & September

Our basecamp venue in Katmai National Park is arguably one of the most spectacular, remote and pristine areas in southwest Alaska to view these majestic creatures. The tundra hiking that surrounds our camp is second to none, and it's not...

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Turquoise to Twin Traverse - Lake Clark National Park
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DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Turquoise Lake, nestled beneath the Alaska Range, offers some of` the best hiking, wildlife viewing and bird watching in Lake Clark National Park, and remains one of our favorite places in Alaska to backpack and explore.We'll spend the first couple...

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Exploring the Northern Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 60+ miles
SEASON: Summer

With more guided backpacking & packaneering expeditions into this area than anyone, it's easy for us to say that the Revelations are likely one of the least visited and most spectacular mountain ranges in Alaska. Stretching for over 100 miles,...

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Skiing the Chigmit Volcanoes - Iliamna - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 6000 ft
SEASON: April-May

One hundred miles southwest of Anchorage, stand the Chigmit Mountains—a desolate and heavily glaciated, sub-range of the mighty Aleutian Range. The giants of the Chigmits, Iliamna (10,016), and Redoubt (10,197), are active volcanoes rising directly from sea level to summit....

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Backpacking the Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 50+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Most of Alaska is extraordinarily remote and inaccessible, but there are still places in Alaska that remain virtually undiscovered.   The Revelation Mountains are one such place; a mountain range so rugged and remote that it has been essentially overlooked.  That’s...

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Turquoise Kayak and Hike - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 30+ miles
SEASON: Summer

We describe this adventure as a kayaking supported hiking trip,  and it is a true classic! As you steal a glimpse of Turquoise Lake from the windows of the floatplane for the first time, you will realize immediately how it...

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Skiing the Neacolas - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 40+ miles
SEASON: March-May

Welcome to Alaska’s most remote and spectacular guided ski mountaineering adventure! Accessing this part of the Alaska Range by ski plane, we’ll spend our first week camped on the glacier practicing backcountry and glacier travel skills while searching out memorable...

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