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    Allo,

    New to this forum, but not to Alaska; I am however a wage slaver in the lower 48. I have the excellent opportunity to meet up with my long time climbing and hiking buddy in Alaska this summer for an epic trip. We are a bit late in our planning, but we will get out this year. I am writing to get advice and trip ideas for a 10 day back-country trip, we are willing to pay for a local bush flight to drop us off and pickup, I am thinking of a hiking climbing adventure, while my buddy is considering a hiking packraft adventure, we are both open to all ideas. However, I am a lightweight backpacker trending toward ultralight and I am done with the 60 lb pack days. Besides I do not have any extra $$ this year to invest in a packraft (thanks to my other hobby being a vintage VW collector).

    Here are a few of the ideas that I am proposing:

    Wrangell St Elias:
    http://www.backpacker.com/trips/alas...hern-traverse/
    http://www.perpetualweekend.com/2010...national-park/




    Alaska Range:
    http://www.backpacker.com/trips/alas...ass/#bp=0/img1


    http://www.backpacker.com/trips/alas...idge-trail-ak/


    Lake Clark:
    http://caltopo.com/map?id=453V


    http://www.alaskaalpineimages.com/Tr...-National-Park
    I don't want to do a guided trip, however I do like the fact that they have taken the "high" road here and up into the mountains, glacier travel means more gear, but the rewards may be worth it.

    Both my buddy and I are wildlife or environmental professionals with years of experience in Alaska and all things wild. In fact this July will be my 30 year anniversary for my first outdoor/climbing adventure (Mt Washington, NH). I plan on flying into Anchorage July 30th and I will remain in AK until August 18th. I believe our dates for wilderness travel will fall on the August 6th through the 16th time frame.

    Currently we are leaning toward a Lake Clark NP adventure; in looking at the usual trips there it seems like a Telaquana Lake to Turquoise Lk or Twin Lakes is a popular itinerary, however being surrounded by all those peaks I would be doubtful I could go a whole 10 days in the bottom lands; I am a bit more adventurous than that.

    What are your ideas? Any other trip ideas that you can suggest? We are limited to 10 days due to my buddies field season duties with the FWS. Hiking and pack rafts, and climbing are all on the table still.

    Thanks

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    Looks like you have some pretty fantastic ideas. I'd also take a look at the far eastern Brooks Range or possibly something in and around the Gates of the Arctic National Park in the central/Western Brooks.

    Another thing to consider is that your time frame runs right up against the start of sheep hunting season. If you're in an area that has legal sheep hunting, you might have a hard time finding an air taxi, as those that transport hunters book up a year in advance.

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    I highly recommend a trip in Denali NP. The Anderson pass trip looks great. Alaskans kind of avoid the park, because it's crowded and you have to take a bus and get permits. But it is the crown jewel of our National Parks system and it is easily the most beautiful road accessible and easily hikeable land in Alaska.

    The logistics can be annoying, and I haven't been to the park in over a decade. But I strongly recommend that trip or another backcountry trip. The only annoying thing is that you have to carry a bear safe barrel for your food. It adds a little weight and a lot of bulk.

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    My 0lder brother hiked Katmia and The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and loved it.

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    Thanks for the input. We have decided to do the 7 pass route in Wrangell St Elias, it will provide the most wilderness for our limited funds. We will be flying into Iceberg Lake on August 7th and hike north and west toward the Bremner glacier and Bremner mine camp for a fly out on August 15th. My research suggest that it is a pretty straight forward and classic hike. We hope to make some route changes that will prove more challenging for us, but we shall see once I get the proper maps.

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