Our February 2015 Photo of the Month features a shot from the shore of Turquoise Lake in Lake Clark National Park. The photo was taken at sunset as three lucky hikers got to experience the interplay between shadow and light in Alaska's late summer. Experience this for yourself on our incomparable Turquoise Kayak and Hike trip.
I'm way past overdue introducing you all to Mark Stevens. This past August Mark, pictured here at Dick Proenneke's cabin on Upper Twin Lake in Lake Clark National Park in 2010, completed his 11th expedition over 10 consecutive years with Alaska Alpine Adventures. And it's my honor to say I've been with him for 10 of 11 of those trips.
When the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in 1989, the word's attention was drawn to Alaska and, more specifically, to Prince William Sound. While the oil spill was most certainly devastating, it did introduce to the world to this most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem. Today, nearly 30 years later and despite lingering evidence of the spill, the Sound is alive with abundant wildlife and classic Alaska scenery. Glaciers, fjords, dense conifer forests, upland peat bogs, alpine tundra, and interesting geomorphology characterize this astoundingly beautiful region of Alaska. With nearly 60 inches of rain annually and close to 300 inches of wintertime snows, Prince William Sound's climate is characterized as a coastal temperate rainforest. With average summer high temperatures in the 60's and average winter lows in the 20's, the Sound offers incredible summer sea kayaking tours and incomparable backcountry skiing during the winter and spring months. Alaska Alpine Adventures has been guiding tours in Prince William Sound for over 10 years, and we're excited to share this incredible wilderness with you.
To this day, Lake Clark National Park represents the roots of our enterprise. Not only is it where we guided our first trip and the base of summertime operations, it is also the backdrop for most of our itineraries and, quite simply, our favorite place on earth to explore. From white summits of glacier-clad volcanoes, laced ribbons of wild and scenic rivers, endless expanses of verdant tundra, to salmon choked waters of azure lakes, Lake Clark is without equal. Since its creation in 1980 to protect the amazing scenery, abundant wildlife and traditional lifestyles of its residents, it has been hailed as Alaska’s epitome and for Alaska Alpine Adventures it remains home. Lake Clark National Park is situated where the mighty Alaska range collides with the expansive Aleutian Range. It contains roughly 80 miles of rugged coastline, countless rivers, glaciers, and unnamed peaks. At just over 4 million acres, Lake Clark is roughly twice the size of Yellowstone National Park and larger than the state of Connecticut.
Dan Oberlatz, owner of Alaska Alpine Adventures, has been exploring Lake Clark National Park since 1992, and thinks it is the finest, yet most under-appreciated wilderness area in the entire national park system. Not only does Lake Clark National Park offer the rare opportunity to truly explore wilderness that has never seen a human foot print, it is also home to some of Alaska’s most spectacular backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and rafting trips – a few of which are now considered Alaska classics and originally pioneered by founders Dan Oberlatz and Derek Nelson.
In August of 2008, Dan Oberlatz was joined by writer Daniel Duane, an editor from Men's Journal Magazine, and renowned adventure photo journalist Corey Rich, to write a feature article on threat of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region (See our Pebble Mine page for details). Corey was so impressed with the area, and with Lake Clark National Park in particular, that he is now regards it as "...one of the wildest places on the planet!"
Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures and our 20th season! In 2018, as we be celebrate 19 years as a leader in wilderness travel and exploration of Alaska's spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges, we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Denali National Park. This historic centennial will allow us to reflect on our amazing history as well introduce an ever growing number of adventure travelers to some of Alaska's most iconic national park unit.
Alaska Alpine Adventures has built an international reputation as Alaska's premier small-group pure Adventure Travel Company, guiding in Alaska's great parks. Exploring Alaska's national parks and wildlife refuges is our passion, and that passion is reflected in each adventure trip we lead.
Why do so many of our guests return year after year to continue to explore Alaska with us? We'd like to think that it's our award-winning, all-inclusive itineraries, our impeccable safety record, our gourmet backcountry cuisine, our seasoned naturalist guides, and our commitment to sustainable travel and environmental excellence. But the answer is far more personal! Our guests are drawn by the magnetism of northern wilderness and its creatures. They revisit to savor the palpable emotion of solitude, and to immerse themselves in something that few are fortunate enough to experience - pure and untouched wilderness. In many ways, our guests return to Alaska to find themselves.
So enjoy with us our 20th season! Our hope is that the imagery* and stories you see here on our website will not only inspire you to take a trip with us, but will also compel you to help us protect the last great American wilderness that is Alaska.
As your guides to Alaska’s national parks and wildlife refuges here’s how 2018 is shaping up:
One of our specialties is guiding multisport tours, group travel, custom tours, and private family adventures throughout Alaska. Our award winning trips offer our guests the opportunity to completely experience the Last Frontier in a small-group away from the crowds. Contact us for custom options for family hiking, camping, lodge-based tours , and private and customized adventures to some of Alaska's most spectacular wilderness areas.Guided Wilderness Trips
Since 1998, Alaska Alpine Adventures has built a reputation as one of Alaska's premier wilderness outfitters. Offering backpacking trips, guided kayaking and hiking tours, basecamp hiking adventures, backcountry ski tours, and custom adventures, our guides are comfortable in Alaska's biggest and most remote mountain ranges. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark, Katmai, ANWR, Kenai Fjords and Gates of the Arctic all the way to Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, we have guided successful expeditions throughout Alaska for nearly 20 years.Alaska Day Hiking Excursions in Denali National Park
Alaska Alpine Adventures will continue offering day hiking trips in Denali National Park in 2018 - our 8th year! Working with Rust's Flying Service and K2 Aviation, these 3-hour Alaska day excursions will give the hiking enthusiast the chance to hike in Denali National Park and among the biggest mountains in North America.
So join us in 2018! Hike, raft, kayak, backpack, ski, climb, and explore Alaska's stunning national parks & wildlife refuges. The privilege would be all ours.
Talk with us about creating your ideal Alaska Alpine Adventure. We hope you enjoy our website and look forward to planning your adventure with you.
* All photos on this website were taken on actual Alaska Alpine Adventures!