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:
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.