Having been to Alaska once previously on a family trip, I looked forward to experiencing the remoteness, vastness, and beauty of the Alaskan wilderness that lies beyond the usual tourist routes. Wrangell-St. Elias NP is, in my experience, one of the best places to find that experience, and St. Elias Alpine Guides is a great way to do it. From our arrival in McCarthy to our departure, our guide, Matt, was the ideal guide. Plans were well laid but flexible, and we really felt like we had free reign of the area around Iceberg Lake. The flight in was incredible, and the area is one of the most beautiful and remote places I’ve ever visited. We had the fortune of perfect weather and hiked, climbed, and explored the glacier upstream to our hearts’ content. The base camp Matt brought was fairly luxurious for someone accustomed to Spartan backpacking. I felt a little guilty… almost. I would give my highest recommendation to the park and SEAG – especially Matt – to anyone who is looking for the real remote, rugged, and incredibly beautiful Alaska. The trip was perfect, and I could not be more pleased to have gone.
Tom W Backpacking Iceberg Lake Basecamp 2009 April 13, 2018