Returning Client Spotlight – Amy G.

alpine light courseFor the next article featuring our returning clients, we’d like to rave about Amy. An experienced Alaska backpacker, Amy has been coming up to the Wrangells since 2010, and continues to be drawn back to its remote alpine beauty. She enjoys the challenge it provides, and loves the new experiences she leaves with each year. When she’s not backpacking through the Wrangells, Amy is a Pediatric Hematologist in Seattle (for laypeople like us, she works with diseases of the blood, spleen, and lymph nodes of children). That’s such amazing work Amy! We’ve loved having you explore Wrangell-St. Elias with us, and look forward to more adventures to come! Here’s a recap of the 4 different trips she’s completed over the years.

2010: Seven Pass Route – One of our more challenging trips, this point-to-point route involves glacier travel and crosses through the remote and rugged Chugach Mountains.

2013: Upper Chitistone Goat Trail – Poor weather turned this trip into a basecamp at Skolai, where there are lots of great day-hiking options to explore.

2014: Alpine Light – Amy and her partner Rich spent 10 days out at Iceberg Lake in the Chugach Mountains, practicing “fast and light” climbing techniques with guide Jason. Our featured photo shows her out at Iceberg perfecting her ice axe self-arrest technique. Lookin’ good Amy!

2016: Journey to Oz – Amy completed our beautiful Journey to Oz route with guide Bryan, hiking back to Kennecott from the Lakina Valley to the east. Involving lots of glacier travel (and an extended section of side-hilling), this route explored an area of the park that was new to Amy!

To cap off this amazing backpacking trip, she did a day of custom Ice Climbing with guide Jason, where she perfected her ice climbing technique on the Root Glacier!

And what’s next for this adventurous wilderness gal? Amy is thinking of the High Pass Odyssey, and we think that’s a great choice!

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