As seen from afar:
Numbers that defined our world:
Wrangell St Elias NP and Preserve: 13,200,000 acres² (20,587 miles²)
Distance traveled: 430 miles (~220 miles on land and ~210 floating)
Time: 33 days (25 days on foot and 8 days paddling)
Distance on trail: 0
Other park visitors: 0
Jars Nutella eaten: 5
Gallons olive oil used: 0.7
Hours of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed: 1.2
Width of tent space space, per individual: 15”
Width of foam sleeping pads: 20”
On the long, unpaved road to McCarthy, with the bumpin’ sound system.
Almost midnight with a great bivy spot at the airstrip
When Chuck Norris goes to bed at night he checks underneath for Garry Green.
Cisco won the rock-paper-scissors for shotgun seating
Garry dropped us off at Tebay Lakes
As the sound of Garry’s plane faded, we found we were very, very far from anyone else.
At the end of the first day we could look down the Bremner valley and see the Copper River on the horizon. More than four weeks later we camped at the Bremner / Copper River confluence that’s just in front of the furthest mountains, almost a full circle.
Hauling the Great Grey Whale
The fireweed was going off in the smoky valleys.
Ready for the first of many balls-deep, glacially-fed river crossings.
Like this one, where we waited until morning to cross to avoid swimming.
This was the first time I’ve spent three days walking up a single valley.
Big, unnamed peaks every which way.
Cisco admiring the view from near camp
Over a pass…
And then onto a grizzly bear trail
In places, the bears don’t have a normal path. Generation after generation steps in the footprints of the last bear, carving long trains of divots in the tundra.
Shaking the reindeer lichen out of the VE-25.
After the first few days of 80 degrees and sunny, the weather shifted to cool and damp and is probably that way today too.
No photo-choppery. Serious.
Good thing I didn’t bring any down-filled gear.
Reluctant to get wet boots even wetter
Hiking through fireweed
Traversing down the Klu River valley. The easiest route was often to sidehill above the elevation where the vegetation turns to dense brush.
The view as the rain clouds cleared the next day
The maps cover four times the area of the 7.5-minute series I’m used to using. For a few days it felt like we were moving at a glacial pace until I adjusted to the scale.
I began noticing the first fall colors with the shift to cooler weather. This must’ve been around August 6th.
The first glacier crossing was only a mile or two long and rarely crevassed. Compared to the miles of wet scree and talus moraines we crossed that day, walking on the ice was cake.
To minimize the chance of bear encounters, our sleeping tent, kitchen, and food storage were spread far apart. Yellow tent on the right, blue and white speck of a kitchen Mid above the reflection line on the lake.
Not a big truck. Just a series of tubes.
We arrived to our first resupply site two days early. The Park maintains the bunkhouse from a small mine that operated for a few years in the 1930s and employs a volunteer to look after it in the summer.
Shortly after we arrived, a pair of Park Rangers flew in on a mission to aversively condition the local grizzle bears. Joe noticed one nearby and the commotion that ensued was spectacular.
In addition to good shots, they proved to be fine scrabble players too.
We spent down time exploring the area
And cutting unnecessary doo-dads off packs, you know, like zipper pulls.
Finally we got re-upped with more food. Garry settin’er down at the far end.
Refueled, we were on our way again.
On August 10 snow line wasn’t too far above camp.
Rocky hopscotch for a few miles
The easy walking turned to willow and alder thrashing. Like all the way out the valley to the glacier.
Not so bad for bush-pushing, really.
Sand skiing down the moraine
Walking onto a lobe of a huge AK glacier
The water was so clear it was hard to gauge depth. Joe plays “Is it deeper than my pole?” “Yes, it is deeper than my pole.” Whatever the depth, it was delicious.
We did a lot of dunk ‘n drink without filtering the H2O. On lower 48 trips I nearly always treat water but here it just felt less imperative.
A cool looking cloud tunnel and a view of where we came from.
Up and over another group of peaks.
Big views everywhere
Then down the other side
Rain on Lupines.
Beautiful, bear scat covered camping
There was this great moment, one of those times I wish I would have taken a photo, where we stopped to admire some enormous prints in wet and spongy mud. After looking for a moment, Joe stepped forward and shifted his weight onto the mud next to the giant bear track. We saw his Vibram print, only half as deep as the bears, as he stepped away. Then, slowly, magically, the mud sponged back, refilling his step. Only the giant bear print remained. We blinked at each other and walked on.
Luckily the bears were preoccupied, as the berries were going off.
It’s amazing how one ingredient will improve plain, cold grapenuts and powdered milk.
We sometimes stretched our self-imposed “packs-on” waterbreaks by lounging without actually taking off packs. Whatever. The views were worth savoring.
Walking over a fertile, glacial-silt floodplain.
Each year a lake forms here, dammed by the glacier. Office building-sized ice chunks bob around in Iceberg Lake until, sometime mid-summer, the dam gives, sending a flood ripping down hundreds of miles of river.
The icebergs are stranded high and dry after Iceberg Lake drains.
Croc’ing across one of the tributaries that fill the lake each spring.
The Tana glacier is largely protected by a giant moat, but we found a spot to access it here, above the cave.
Tana Glacier from the air. The backcountry rangers and local guides were skeptical that there was a passable route across, and from the air, I would have agreed. We budgeted several days to cross it, but ended up making it in one long, 13 mile labyrinth push.
With an awesome vantage to choose the least-crevassed route, we nervously schemed the night before.
Then the next day we were off, blessed with decent visibility after a rainy night.
We stayed unroped, for the sake of speed, which was a reasonable decision below the firn line.
Another giant moulin hole, where the surface water plunges hundreds of feet into the inky depths of the glacier. It was so tempting to want to see inside, like a fly perched on the edge of a Venus Fly Trap.
We crossed over ridge, after ridge, after ridge, of rock-covered moraine
…Crampons off, crampons on, crampons off…
…Crampons back on. Places like this felt oddly similar to canyoneering here in Utah.
We found a moulin water refill after a long waterless section wandering through crevasses.
And finally onto dry land at the far edge of the glacier.
Between rain showers, we got just a bit of perspective of what we’d crossed
The next day we followed the banks of Granite Creek. Adam noted that if a “creek” is named on an AK map, it’s probably too big to cross without a Pack Raft. Indeed.
The “creek” is bigger than a many “rivers” in the lower 48. If you look closely you can see we’re a ways above it here.
A few moments of sun was all the excuse needed to explode packs in an effort to dry wet everything.
Nature imitates Andy Goldsworthy
I tended to not take the camera out of its dry box when it was raining, which was often. Here’s a rare picture of a long day of over-the-head alder shwacking.
And another from a different long day of thrashing.
Above brush line again, thankfully.
I got hit in the knee by a gallon milkjug-size chunk of ice while croc’ing across. It’s safe to say I’d never been hit by an iceberg before.
Garry coming in for the 2nd resupply on day 17
Out of the resupply gates, we were off and walking again
The last third of the hike had never been done. In fact, it sounds like our party might be the first to cross the Granite Range.
Fresh snow on the peaks in the background while crossing another ten miles of glacier.
It only looks roomy.
Pinned down by fog and rain, we practiced crevasse rescue systems to pass the time.
And all of 33 degrees too.
Looking through the window across another large, possibly uncrossed, and unnamed glacier.
We walked across plenty of “no fall zone” catwalks with dark voids to either side
Meandering through another heavily crevassed section, though it’s hard to tell from the photo.
If only we’d brought an innertube we could have had all kinds of first descents.
Though this would probably be the exit of a tube ride.
Chugach Bouldering Guide, pg 2245: These beautiful erratics are easily accessible with a short flight, several days glacier travel and a river crossing. Bring your brushes.
Down Goat Creek
The leaves quickly began yellowing as the nights grew colder.
A little fire and a hand-rolled tobacco on the banks of the Goat
Trundling opportunities abound. Helmets advisable.
Day 23 was misty and navigation was tricky until the clouds broke enough to allow a view 3500’ down into the Chitina River valley.
The following morning the river was socked in, but the peaks on the north of the Chitina were visible. Twaharpies Ridge in the center then University Peak on the right. University Peak is 12,000 above the river. Mt Bona, behind it in the clouds has 14,000’ of rise.
Enjoying the sun before our last day of hiking, we were slow to make it out of camp.
Fall in the alpine
Rather than bother with 5th-class grass downclimbing, Adam pioneered the technique of reaching out to grab a tree top then fire-poling down. Here Cisco perfects the technique.
Drying rack. Badum-ching!
The mushrooms were going off. Anyone know what type these are?
Amanitas in the ferns.
Day 25, the final resupply. Garry brought the raft but landed a mile and a half from the point he’d earlier picked out as the LZ, In a hurry, he dumped our gear, and flew off even as we hustled across river braids to reach him. We were left with packs, boots, axes, crampons, ropes, helmets, garbage, Rubbermaid bins and all sorts of crap we didn’t want to have squeeze into a little 14 foot raft.
The overloaded boat was christened with box wine.
And onward, to the ocean.
We stopped for a night at an old trappers cabin, maintained with help from locals. It was our first time being inside a building in weeks.
On the river I wore more layers that I’ve ever had on at one time before in my life. I felt like that kid in his snowsuit in Christmas Story. Something like 6 layers on top, and 3 more under the yellow Helly pants.
Sand camping. Eating, sleeping, tooth-brushing – everything is a little crunchier.
Rainy days on the river were borderline miserable.
Dry is much nicer
At the confluence with the Copper River we pulled out and walked to the town of Chitina, where there is one gas pump, one restaurant, and one bar. It was a little culture-shocking anyway.
After dinner we adjourned to the bar and soon after heard a thump as man fell off his barstool. He wasn’t just drunk. He was having a heart attack and so we began performing CPR. A short while later a local with EMT training and an AED defibrillator arrived. The patient didn’t come back, though not due to lack of effort on our part. The ambulance dispatched from 70 miles away was a long time coming. Celebration was cut short with the somber turn of events. “When I said we should close down the bar tonight, that’s not what I meant,” Joe remarked as we walked back to the raft that night.
The next day we wandered back to town and visited the EMT from the night before at his home. He had a fantastic vegetable garden, racks of salmon curing inside, and a winter’s worth of food stacked on deep shelves. After a few hours of Alaskan hospitality he sent us off with garbage sack stuffed with veggies.
Wild berries drying above the wood stove.
After weeks of dried foods, this is awesome
Hanging out in the garden was enormously uplifting to the morbid mood that lingered on from the night before.
We headed back to the river with an armful of salad a fresh outlook.
And on we floated.
The bar owner in Chitina had given us each a beer after the ambulance pulled away the previous night. This picture is a reminder to me of the helplessness as the barkeep had watched us, and wanting to contribute to the situation in some way, kept trying to hand us Pepsis and beers while we compressed and jaw-thrusted away. He finally succeeded by sending us off with a handfull of Buds. Back on the river, we toasted the patient. To Al Greise!
Camping so close to water is frowned upon followers of Leave No Trace principles. Though all four of us had spent years teaching the LNT guidelines, we often found sites like this to be the only places brush-free enough to set up a tent. On the other hand, I don’t think many others will camp in this exact spot.
Even with limited good camp sites, we still cooked away from the tents
Canned wild salmon + extra sharp cheddar + crackers = delicious
This fish wheel, a salmon catching device, had gone rogue and floated 70 or 80 miles down from Chitina.
Flying the Blue Peter nautical flag. Flown from a sailing ship, the flag means “this vessel is about to proceed sea” and is also a favorite emblem at Outward Bound, where the four of us teach mountaineering courses together.
We got a care package in our final resupply, mailed by friends and co-workers at Outward Bound. Thanks Emily.
Devil’s Club is covered with needle-like thorns, not just on the stems but on the leaves too. It is pretty though…
Most Alaskans will tell you that you’re nuts for traveling unarmed. I never felt threatened by bears, humans or otherwise, but blowing up small iceburgs from the raft was a checkmark on the bucket list.
Yerba maté on a cold afternoon.
We camped just up from the Million Dollar Bridge
Childs Glacier was calving every few minutes. At our campsite not even a mile upstream, we listened to the rolling, thunderous sounds of ice breaking into the river all night
Brown bear waves from the bank
And suddenly we were at the Copper River Highway, where the river fans out and joins the ocean. Without much fanfare we rinsed, deflated, and rolled the raft, then started trying to hitch a ride into Cordova. There wasn’t a lot of traffic, but every vehicle was a large truck (often equipped with a little moose-lifting crane) who’s driver was out on a hunt. Every single moose hunter rolled down the window to ask if we were okay, then when we said we were, offered a ride when they made their way home. A few hours later a moose-sized man decided he’d had enough for the day and we loaded up our sandy pile of gear and squeezed in his pickup.
Down by the docks
In true dirtbag style, we poached camping at the wharf
Before taking the fast ferry to Whittier the next morning.
We spent a few days in Seward couch surfing, eating expensive produce, and doing laundry.
And found enough work to pay for the drive back to Utah.
It was fall in the Chugach when we pointed the truck south.
Seward to Girdwood to Glenallen to the Yukon to British Columbia and the Cassiar to Smithers to Jasper to the Icefields Parkway to Highway 93 through Montucky to Highway 15 to SLC
It was sheer joy seeing your photos and reading the description. Makes me want to go places right away.
That is simply awesome!!!, I live in Canada now, but I will head towards Alaska soon, it seems awesome!!!!
Great photos. What an amazing trip. It makes me happy to know there are still places like this out there.
Thanks a bunch for sharing. Very inspiring.
Well done on so many accounts, the photos are spectacular, National Geographic Quality “call them”. I love the lure of trekking in Alaska durning the summer. Thanks for all the effort, you just gave me a free vacation.
Epic hike with spectacular photography, thank you very much for posting this.
Absolutely fabulous pictures! I’m so glad you four shared your adventure with us. What memories you will have as you grow older. Kudos to you all for working on your bucket list so early.
What a fantastic adventure, blog and set of photos! I enjoyed this very much. – David Hall
The human spirit needs adventure. Nothing can compare with the exhilaration and freedom of getting out in nature. Thanks for sharing great pictures!
Hello Reddit: 18 hits on Saturday, 10 on Sunday, 10,302 and counting today. Wow.
Thanks for all the Kudos! I’ve been looking over maps and buying gear today in anticipation of another AK trip trip only a few weeks away. Exciting stuff!
Stunning photos. Makes me want to go to Alaska more and more.
Thanks for the photos, brought back memories of growing up in Alaska. God Bless!
Just wanted to say thank you for posting these pictures. They were incredible and really captivated me. You guys are amazing for having done this! Thanks!
This was absolutely amazing. I did something like this on a smaller scale-backpacking in the New MExican forest/mountains with my old Boy Scout troop. We’ve talked about doing something longer and more difficult, and this is the inspiration we need. Thanks…enjoyed it very much.
Absolutely breathtaking photography, and an amazing adventure. The pictures speak for themselves, although I’d be first in line to buy the National Geographic with your story featured from cover to cover. As a fellow outdoors enthusiast (currently working up in the north country of the Adirondacks), this was such an inspiring – touching? – journey. I got to live my dream of getting out to Alaska vicariously through your story for a good hour.. Thank you for sharing this with us and good luck with the next. Please keep us in the loop and come back home safe so we get some more!
Amazing photos; thank you so much for allowing us to share in the journey without sharing in the carrying of equipment. ;D
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i just found this on reddit. as you’ve heard plenty of times before me, all of this was jaw-dropping. it really makes me want to do something like this one day.
Thanks for sharing. The pictures made me emotional just by sheer beauty. You’ve cemented my desire to return to Alaska.
Awesome guys, just damn awesome! I feel like doing it myself, how much money did it cost you to do a trip like this?
Amazing route. Just Add it to me personal list 😉
Congratulations for the pics!
Wow! I am completely inspired and envious at once.
Amazing stuff. It’s awesome that you guys made this trip, and the photojournal was a nice touch so I can live vicariously through you. Really makes me want to find my way out to Alaska sometime, just to see nature in its purist form.
Sheer magnificence. If you guys ever head out to South Africa, drop me an email if you’re looking for accommodation here. Wouldn’t mind joining you on an adventure.
Thanks for sharing.
I’m inspired to do something similar.
Now that’s a hike! Truly a superb photojournal of your amazing adventure – thanks for taking me along into a park I’ve only seen the outer edges of.
Thanks for the pictures and captions–your story was engaging and the pics were incredible.
As a man, it makes me cry that I haven’t done anything remotely as cool as that. Not even 2% as awesome as that trip.
Great trip and great photos… maybe one day I will reach too that part of the world.
great photos, thanks for sharing.
i fish in yakutat and see mt st elias when the weather clears.
i have wondered what is in those mountain ranges.
at least i know a little more now.
Amazing! I live in Chugiak, Alaska. I am a photographer here. My last big adventure was rafting in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I admire your adventurous spirit and thoughtful planning, not to mention all the images.
Colin Tyler Bogucki
Thanks. A real treat to look at.
You guys awesome. Truly freaking awesome. Thank you for sharing the pictures and commentary. It was a joy to read.
Thanx for sharing the trip, the photos, and the inspiration. I reminder for me to focus on an to enjoy what is natural and beautiful. Cheers, Kürt
What a fantastic set of photos! The commentary was great too. I live in New Zealand and parts of your journey look just like home. Trips like yours make me want to round up some mates and set off into the wilderness. Thanks for giving me a great half hour of escapism
I found your link through a Twitter posting and must say, it brings back many memories of home. I lived there until I was 12. How did you fare in the Wood Canyon on the Copper River? We’ve seen swells there that were mind boggling and since you were rafting I was curious how you found the conditions.
Thanks for sharing.
Highly enjoyed looking at the photos and reading your commentary. A trip you’ll remember all your lives. Makes me itchy to get out there this season. Cheers!
a fantastic adventure w/ fantastic photos!
wow! what a great story and awesome photos. a true adventure! thank you for sharing
astoundingly awesome!!! thanks so much for sharing this epic adventure!!!
thank you for sharing… its beautiful…
I enjoyed the commentary and the fantastic photography.
Thanks alot for sharing.
Fantastic trip/pics. You’ve lived a lifetime in just 30 days. Great post guys.
Awesome photos and even better story. Epic!
W O W…what an amazing / inspiring photoblog. Making me want to do something similar in the distant future. Really stunning photography that very few people ever get to see…should submit to pubs like Outdoor Photo and such. Found you through @backcountrycom.
Great journey, great story, great pictures. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing!
What an amazing adventure to remember the rest of your life! I do long distance hiking, and many of your photos remind me of my time on the trail. It is amazing to be immersed in nature. There is nothing quite like it. You got to see some amazing country! Thanks for your photos!
Thanks for sharing your trip with us. The pics were great and the presentation was very well done. It’s the type of trip I would love to do.
Truly amazing adventure, incredible photos.. I wish to experience something nearly similar, just once in my life..
Thank you for sharing 🙂
What beautiful pictures! Thanks for going to the work of sharing it all. We have done some of the alder thwacking too – not so fun, but the peace and beauty of the rest make it all worthwhile!
Amazing adventure and great photojournalism. Stumbled here (SU). I usually stay on such pages for 30 seconds, but yours, 30 minutes! National Geographic better take notice…all the best.
This set of pictures (and accompanying captions) is incredibly cool. My wanderlust is now back in full swing. What type of camera did you use?
Thanks. I really hoped the trip report would inspire others, so it’s always good to hear that it does that. I used a Panasonic LX3 and a Pelican 1030 drybox.
Fantastic trip, quite inspiring, thanks for taking the time to share.
Thank you for sharing these pictures. It’s motivated me to try accomplishing an adventure like this sometime hopefully soon. I appreciate this a lot. Thank you.
Great photos, what an adventure! Just SUpon and couldn’t stop reading, very well done!
That was a seriously entertaining read, great documentation of a proper adventure.
Just an amazing site to behold. Thanks so much for posting these pics and your story along the way. Even though the majority of us can’t accomplish (or even get to try) something like this, I feel like I was there with you guys. Just amazing. Thank you so much
After college and for a few years later I spent mostly forgotten years chasing skirts and not sure what else. What I should have been doing is something like this. My hat is off to you guys.
Wow, make me want to make the trip to Alaska.
truly amazing trip. and even more inspiring to the readers…where can I find the names of you four?
Thanks Austin! My name is Jim Harris and my companions are Adam Steel, Cisco Tharp, and Joe Dyer.
I live in LA and work in entertainment. This is actually making me reevaluate my life.
Woh I like your blog posts, saved to fav! .
Wow, that is absolutely stunning! This is something that I would love to do at some point in my life, but probably won’t.
Thank you for letting me ever so slightly experience a trip of this sort through these pictures and this presentation.
Incredibly. I envy. How much did you spent for all of that btw?
I think I spent under $3000 between my share of the bush flights, the trip to and from AK, +4 weeks worth of food, a few new pieces of gear, maps, rental sat phone, etc.
Absolutely awesome guys!
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You live more life than most people ever do.
phenominal! is all i can say…
Freaking awesome, thanks for sharing, certainly want to do something like this at some point in my life!
Nice blog right here! after reading, i decide to buy a sleeping bag ASAP 🙂
Very great trip! I almost envy you.
Unbelievable pictures and stories! Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed this post immensely and will be sharing.
Great photos, looks like a great experience was had.
Your trip looks amazing! Good for you for being so adventurous. I spent years 10-19 in AK and never did anything that cool. Thanks for the pics
Thank you for sharing your wonderful holiday. The photos were awesome. I feel like I have just been granted a birthday wish by seeing this great adventure.
WOW, epic journey. I loved the writing style too. You guys are one tough group. I bet the bears were afraid of you!
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Jeff. Perisitant guys at least.
Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure. Your journey gave me lots of fun and joy. My husband and I made road trip between Yukon and Alaska for 2 weeks. But it was winter , so we had to abandon camping and remote backpacking. We heard Wrangell-St. Elias NP is fantastic place for backpacking from the local. Our couple keep this place in our mind for the next time. I am so happy to read your story. You guys are real brave people! This is what I really want to do in my life. Thanks again for sharing!
Thanks Anna! There’s not too many established routes through WRST NP, but it is a spectacular place. Are you thinking of taking another roadtrip to the AK?
Thanks for this Pictures/Story. After this my wish is stronger to make this kind of Tour too.
Regards Dirk/ Berlin/ Germany
All of the photos were amazing. You guys truly had a great experience. This a trip of a lifetime that a lot of people think about, but only some people do, such as yourselves. Thanks for sharing this!
Wow! What a wonderful adventure. Such beautiful scenery that you photographed perfectly. I am looking forward to reading about more of your experiences. Inspiring 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic! Pure wild adventure. Thanks for bringing back such great photos!
I feel like I just went on a big trip myself after checking out your photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing!
Made my day, beyond reason.
amazing adventure! beautiful country up there.
Holy shit man. What an adventure.
Beautiful, hilarious, courageous, awesome!
I stumbled across your website at random and absolutely love it. I spent the first two and a half months of this summer hitch hiking across America and have been making random trips whenever I get the chance since. I live in Colorado but often travel to Utah to visit friends and venture into the desert. Alaska is one of the places I want to visit this coming summer and your pictures were absolutely gorgeous and inspiring!
At 58 years old(young) and coming from a hot country where I have never seen snow, I am in awe with the shear beauty of the snow and country through which you hiked.Stunning and your storytelling was good.
Your trip looked amazing… Thanks for sharing. My Mother lives in Fairbanks and I enjoy getting up there any time I can afford to do so. Seeing this just makes me miss it up there a little more.
What an adventure! That looks like a fantastic trip. Great pictures too 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
What a journey…
I’m not much of an adventurist but your story and the accompanying pictures had me glued to my computer for a good half hour. I kept calling out to my husband, “Honey, come look at this amazing picture!” Some of your glacier pictures of the gaping crevasses had me on the edge of my seat, hoping beyond hope that a chasm didn’t claim one of you. (Whew!)
The weather, the flora, the bears, the scenery, the distance… Just WOW! And how small you looked speckled against the vast landscape simply enthralled me. Thank you so much for the chance to tag along on your epic adventure. It was an honor to behold.
– PIPER (Oakland, CA)
Thanks so much for the thoughtful and encouraging comments, Piper!
Stunningly epic adventure!! Your photos are outstanding and really bring us into your trip. As grand as your pictures are they will never convey the enormity of wrangell st Elias and the distances/ challenges you all overcame. Truly inspiring
Agreed, Glenn. Photos on a screen or a page can’t ever do justice to Wrangell St Elias. Its just too grand to be summed up so easily.
Most impressive effort guys! Brilliant photographs. Good on you.
that was inspiring.
Jim, amazing…. thanks so much. I’ve done the part of this trip from Bremner Mine to Iceberg lake. A 6 day trip. Had to laugh at your pix, as we had a fun and energetic encounter with willow & alder in the valley above the Tana lobe glacier too.
It’s a fight with that alder! No way around it, really. Such a beautiful section!
Having hunted in those mountains it was a joy to follow your trip. I can remember some of the challenges and wonders offered up by Alaska. Still miss those days!
Thank you so much for such an awesome and detailed account. I’m not up to snuff on roped glacier travel, but I have most of the other skills necessary to complete a similar trek and it’s in my future cards for sure. I spent a week in McCarthy/Kennecott and I wanted to get back deeper into the range. Can’t wait.
Along with everyone else who has had the time to see this, thank you for such an awesome report and best of luck in all your future endeavors!
Thanks so much for sharing! Your photos are beautiful and tell a great story! Im considering doing a portion of this hike, from Tebay Lakes to Ross Green Lake by Iceberg this summer, if you have any tips I’d be very appreciative! Thanks and keep on Walking in Beauty
This is amazing, thanks so much for sharing the pictures and story! Sounds like an incredible trip. Will definitely be looking into some outward bound trips after this.
Great photos. Looks like an amazing journey. If at any chance you might be able to add lat and long with the captions since some much of the country is unnamed.
You guys are awesome. Great story, you all sound like really decent dudes. Hope all is well this many years out. Thanks for the inspiration.
I have this in my bookmarks since many years. Any every now and then I have to look at all those pictures again – it’s just too damn good!
What a great adventure. Thanks for sharing
I am contemplating crossing the Tana Glacier from Ross Green Lake to Iceberg lake. I’ve done some glacier crossings before near McCarthy but the Tana looks pretty insane! I canyoneer quite a bit so I’m familiar with rope systems, but have never had the occasion to try to haul someone out of a glacier. Did crossing the Tana seem really unsafe, or just a long hard day? Of course I’ll have crampons, but not sure if I’d be carrying my technical gear. I certainly could carry it, but never needed it on Ninzina or Fredrika glaciers. Thanks for any input! Cammie
Also, Do you think you would have found much use for a packraft from Tebay lakes to the Tana Glacier or would it have been unnecessary weight? I’ve found beta on some of the streams and rivers and some are unrrunable so it is hard to know for sure about route planning without going there or lots of internet research.
Beautiful trails ,wild flowers , just awesome ,
most people call some photos “breathtaking” … I literally gasped at some of these. Truly awesome trip.