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    Question Need some help....

    Hello everybody; I am a newbie here on this forum, so have some patience with me and my many typos... I am from Belgium and I have booked an airplane to Alaska, departure 15 may, retour 15 july. I wish to get informed as much as possible, because I plan to do a lot of hiking. But of course I would like to do this in a responsible way...

    OK people, to make matters short. Where should I start?

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    Default Big question...

    Welcome to the forum. Lots of knowledgable folks here and I am sure you will find the forum to be a valuable resource. I am from North Carolina (east coast) but have lived in NW Alaska (Kotzebue and Nome) for two years. My wife and I are travel nurses and were up there working. We fell in love with Alaska and go back a time or two each year. We float rivers in our Ally pack canoe. We have a bush plane fly us into a remote area and float/fly fish for about 10-14 days and have the plane pick us up at a predetermined spot. A float trip is the ultimate way to see the "real" Alaska. But hiking would certainly be a way to see it too. I can mention off the top of my head a few placed you can start your search. One is the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage. Tons of places you can hike there. Some more remote than others, but more people in this part of the state than most. More remote would be Wrangel St Elias. I may have mispelled it. It has the largest peaks in Alaska and is a HUGE area. You should research that area some if you want an "epic" hike. Another area that comes to mind is up in the Arctic. ANWR (Alaska National Wildlife Refuge) is a 19 million acre park! Wonderful place and tons of places to see there. Caribou is a big draw there. 130,000 of them. A top place I would like to see if I were hiking is Gates of the Arctic park. The Arrigetch Peaks there are a big draw and you can arrange for a bush plane to take you there, drop you off, and pick you up in a week or so later. Here is a link for some insights. http://www.abecalaska.com/arrigetch.html I am not suggesting you take a guided trip, but the websites of the guides will give you lots of information. If going to Gates of the Arctic you would fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks, then from Fairbanks to Bettles. Bettles is a tiny town that has bush planes that service northern Alaska. Bettles Lodge is the business in Bettles you would contact if you wanted a bush flight in that area. They could take you to Gates of the Arctic or ANWR and come back and pick you up. Hiring a bush plane is the best way to get away from everyone. On our float trips in arctic NW Alaska, we never see another person. Not even a sign of another person for that matter. The bush planes get you to remote areas. The solitude that can be found in Alaska is amazing. But a bush plane is usually required to get to those areas. There are several books about hiking Alaska. I suggest you get a couple and read up on the many opportunities that Alaska has. The few I have mentioned are my top choices, but there are certainly many others. Go to Barnes and Noble website and Amazon and search for Alaska Hiking. You will find lots of books on the subject that should help you out considerably. Alaska is an amazing place. Plan ahead and you will be rewarded with the trip of a lifetime!
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    Thumbs up Great article about ANWR hiking/paddling...

    I read a great article the other day from the Sept 2007 copy of National Geographic Explorer magazine. It is an article about a hike/paddle through ANWR (Alaska National Wildlife Refuge). A great read!!

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    Where are you flying into? What is the range of budget you will have? What is your experience level? What do you like or think you might like?
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    Arrow Hello again

    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Where are you flying into? What is the range of budget you will have? What is your experience level? What do you like or think you might like?
    I land in Anchorage, and from there on I want to travel as far North as possible. The range of my budget is about 3000,- $. My experience level is medium; I spent a long time in the army, an lead an active lifestyle. I am in good physical condition, and I am used to travel long distances by foot carrying heavy loads. What I am looking for is peace; I would like to get as far away as I can from what they dare to call civilization.

    Greetings, and thanks for all the trouble.

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    PS : concerning my budget: I still have my mittens; and if I would be able to make some extra cash along the way (eg interim-jobs?), I wouldn't hesitate... I don't know about the States, but this manner of travel got me a long way here in Europe...

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    Your question is pretty broad given the size of Alaska. My first recommendation is don't try to do too much or you'll spend too much time driving around.

    My neck of the woods is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You might consider a drive out to McCarthy which is an amazing place. You could do some trekking out of McCarthy/Kennicott without spending a ton of money, though some glacier hiking experience is advised.

    Attached is a photo taken at Donoho Lakes are just a day's hike out of Kennicott and across the Root Glacier.

    McCarthy is a real "end of the road" sort of place, both figuratively and literally.

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    Default Nice...

    Nice picture man! I have wanted to see that area for some time. I am sure there is a lot to see there. Are there any rivers there that are suitable for a pack canoe. We float NW Alaska rivers each Fall in our Ally pack canoes. I would like class I-II as it is just my wife and I going on many trips and we are not the most experienced paddlers. I would love to float a river in the Wrangel St Elias range. Are there any rivers/bush pilots you would suggest?
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