Wilderness Recipe: Hobo Dinners

alaska lake campingSometimes the simplest dinners are the most delicious. On the river (or when car camping), this is a great meal to cook for a group, because everyone gets to personalize their own dish. And the tin foil makes clean-up a snap! Continue reading

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If the Shoe Fits…

backpacking footwearBy Ethan Moorhead

Whether you are planning your first Alaskan backcountry expedition or a half-day hike on the glacier, the proper choice of footwear can make or break your experience in the wilderness. There’s not much worse than cold toes or blisters, so consider your options carefully before committing to your new boots. Here’s a short summary of your footwear options: Continue reading

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Hoping for Rain

One guide’s thoughts on why we need to suffer

By Ethan Moorhead

rainy backpackingThere is no question a guide is asked more than “is it gonna rain today?” It is generally asked sheepishly by someone poking one eye out of a rainfly and dreading the worst. I always answer “it rains every day in Alaska.” My jovial attitude and lack of concern about the weather is mostly met with confusion and whispered prayers that the whole trip will be nothing but sunshine. But the truth is, deep down I really want it to get cold, wet and miserable on all of my trips. Not the whole time – I’m no masochist – but at least one good afternoon or full day of whatever mother nature can muster up.

“Why hope for miserable weather?” you might ask… Continue reading

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Guide Spotlight – Cody Simmons

glacier ice caveDividing his time between his rigorous accounting studies and his passion for guiding, Cody works extremely long hours. He’s often the first to rise in the mornings, completing an early morning workout before he begins his day of guiding. Returning from the glacier, he works nights in our office solving complicated accounting problems, making him one of our hardest working guides on staff. But don’t think that Cody is all work and no play. He’s constantly scheming up ideas to hike and packraft through the Wrangell Mountains, scouring topo maps and Google map imagery to plan his next route. Last year, Cody and fellow guide Kelly took a few days to packraft from Skolai Pass down the White River into the Yukon Territory of Canada, hitch-hiking back to McCarthy via car, truck, and bush plane. Well done boys! Continue reading

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Mt. Bona Summit on a Beautiful Afternoon!

We haven’t been following our Mt. Bona trip as closely as we did the Blackburn climb mainly because they aren’t using a GPS tracking device (and, ok, we’ll acknowledge that the lead guide on this trip, Dave, is a little more “old-school” and less liberal in his use of sat phones and other technology!), but we are happy to report that 3 of the 5 team members successfully summited 16,421ft Mt. Bona this afternoon about 2pm. Here’s Dave’s dispatch:

Mt. Bona Team on the Summit, 2:30pm on June 23

climbing mt bona alaska

Client Sue and assistant guide Cody stayed in camp at 12,000ft. We don’t know what situation made her unable to continue to the summit (likely difficulty with the altitude), but hopefully they are enjoying the beautiful day from their perch and will welcome the rest of the team back to camp shortly!

Here’s their dispatch from yesterday evening:

14,000ft High Camp on Mt. Bona

mountaineering camp on mt bona alaska

We hope to see the whole team back here in McCarthy by Sunday afternoon at the latest (weather permitting as always!).

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