• Your professional guides!
    • Our guides are top-of-the-line professionals in everything that they do, whether navigating and helping you through difficult terrain or cooking up an amazing backcountry meal! All of our backcountry guides are carefully assigned, have been with the company for at least a year, must pass our extensive backcountry training, and hold a WFR or higher medical certification. (Occasionally lead guides are assisted by junior guides who may not meet all those qualifications.)
    • Our guides are experts in these environments and will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the local history, geology, flora, and fauna to create incredible and memorable experiences. Bring your binoculars and get ready to explore the wilderness in depth!
    • Our guides come in all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds, and have different personalities – we can always find the best guide for you! Whether you’re looking for a physical challenge, to learn new skills, or just to get away from it all and experience the solace of the wilderness, we’ll find you the perfect match. Our guides will cater the experience to you, providing more or less support, instruction, photos, facts, or jokes based on your needs and desires!
    • Meet our guides!
  • Bush flights!
    • Most of our trips take place deep in the backcountry of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and are accessed by bush planes! These scenic flights allow you to see even more of this amazing National Park and are a thrilling way to begin and/or end a backcountry trip!
    • We do have hike-in/hike-out trips available too! There is some really incredible terrain right in our backyard – the Kennicott Valley and it can be accessed by foot. A few miles out of town and you are already in the wilderness!
  • Food!
    • We will provide all the food on the backcountry trip! Regardless of what kind of cooks your guides are at home, they are trained backcountry chefs and work with tried and true proprietary recipes and get great reviews!
    • Because we make most of our meals entirely from scratch, we have the ability to customize menus and be flexible with ingredients. We have no problem accommodating most dietary restrictions and preferences – just let your guide know exactly what you cannot or do not eat and why and they’ll leave it out or keep it on the side.
    • Check out some of our most popular Wilderness Recipes!
  • Gear!
    • We always provide all group gear like bear canisters (or other food storage/protection), cookware, and fuel.
      • For backpacking or backcountry hiking trips requiring glacier crossings, we will also provide you with a set of crampons that are compatible with most boot types.
      • For rafting trips, we’ll also provide all the necessary rafting equipment as well as a PFD and some dry bags for you.
      • For climbing courses or mountaineering expeditions, we’ll also provide ropes and some other group gear like 4-season expedition tents, pickets, ice screws, ice tools, camp shovels, etc. depending on the adventure.
    • Generally, you are responsible for your sleeping pad, sleeping bag, backpack(s), clothing, toiletries, and any other personal gear you want to bring.
      • Check out our Equipment Lists – these are general lists of gear that you are responsible for. Your guide may have more specific recommendations based on your route.
    • We always recommend you use as much of your gear as you can because you are familiar with it. We understand that you may not have adequate gear or it may be difficult to travel with so we do have some items available for rent. Please note that gear rentals are not the main focus of our business so we have a limited selection of items available and may not always have your size. Ask us ahead of time to make rental reservations.
    • We highly recommend that you use your own tent*, but we understand that may not be possible. You can use our tents at no extra cost – just let us know if you need them or if you’re bringing your own. If you are participating solo on a Group backpacking or backcountry hiking trip, you will likely be assigned a tentmate.
      *We do not expect you to come with your own 4-season expedition tent and will always provide those for mountaineering and ski trips. If you don’t come with a partner, you will likely get a tentmate or two.
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