White River Backpack, Float and Fly

True Wilderness Exploration by Bush Plane, Foot and Packraft

To start this trip, we’ll hop into a bush plane, which will fly us over a few ridgelines from McCarthy to Nizina Lake. We’ll blow up the packrafts, crossing Nizina lake and floating with the icebergs at the end of the glacier, until we reach the eastern side. After deflating our packrafts, we’ll backpack up to Wolverine Pass, where we’ll connect with the historical "Goat Trail" to Skolai Pass and beyond to the Russell Glacier, where the water begins to drain north to the Yukon instead of south to the Copper.

After many smaller creek and lake crossings we’ll blow up the packrafts one last time when we reach the White River, for the 60 mile float into Canada. After working hard for days we’ll let the river do the work for us, floating through the braids and canyons of the class II White River. The border between the US and Canada will pass unmarked and insignificant in this wild land. When we see a bridge we'll end our journey at the Alaska Highway. From here a traveler could head back to Alaska or explore the Yukon Territory.

Trip Highlights:

  • Tying together a huge distance by foot and packraft
  • Never before completed route (to our knowledge)
  • True exploration with one of our senior guides
  • End up in Canada!