Returning Client Spotlight – Ben and Ed

For the next article about our amazing clients who come back year after year, we’re excited to highlight mountaineering clients Ben and Ed! Originally meeting each other on a mountaineering trip in the Wrangells, they have continued to come back each year and climb more peaks together. They’ve been climbing mountains with us since 2015, and have summited Mt. Blackburn, as well as two un-named First Ascents in the Wrangells. Way to go Ben and Ed! We’ve loved climbing with you the last few years, and are looking forward to more mountaineering trips in the future! Continue reading

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Guide Spotlight – Max Pierce

blue sky mountaineerMax came to us in 2014 with lots of experience climbing the impressive ice flows in western Colorado. While having little Alaska experience at first, he’s changed that over the years, proving himself to be an extremely competent and knowledgeable guide in the backcountry. A climber at heart, Max is continuously drawn upwards, whether that brings him to the top of a boulder, a high Alaska peak, or up into the rafters of the Powerhouse. Trained as a gymnast from a young age, Max had the strength and flexibility to easily transition into climbing as he got older – but if you ask, he can still demonstrate his “Iron Cross” from the rings hanging in the Powerhouse! If you’re out in the backcountry, ask him to show off his handstand! Continue reading

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Alaska Ski Mountaineering Video

Ever wonder what happens on our ski mountaineering trips? Well, here’s a sweet video created by Turner, who participated in last year’s Spring Ski Mountaineering Course with his family. With a video camera strapped to his helmet (and sometimes on a stick), Turner perfectly captures the bluebird skies and amazing ski terrain of our 5-day ski mountaineering trip, located on the Baldwin Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Thanks for the great footage Turner!

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Travel Tip – Getting to/from McCarthy

Compared to locations like Anchorage or Fairbanks, McCarthy is a little off the beaten path (and that’s why we like it)! So we thought it would be helpful to create a brief summary of the options for traveling to McCarthy. When making your travel plans, don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us questions about the best way to incorporate McCarthy into your Alaska trip!

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Returning Client Spotlight – Brian and River

As we look back on the 2016 summer season, we were pleased to see so many familiar faces on our backcountry trips this year. While it’s not uncommon for the Wrangells to leave you thirsting for more, this year we had an especially high number of folks on their second, third, or even fourth visits! We think that we run a great program in an amazing place, but it’s great to see that our clients think so too – they found something good and kept on coming back! This winter, we’re going to take some time to spotlight our returning clients.

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To kick off this series, there’s no one better to start with than Brian and River! Continue reading

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