Okay - I know Roman has already done this trip as well as a few NPS folks, but I thought I’d write it down so it will show up on a google search for folks looking for fun things to do next season.
On July 6, 2009 Kevin Wright, Meaghan Loughlin and myself were flown to the Mountain House on the Ruth Glacier. Meaghan and I were acting as volunteers and Kevin is a seasonal climbing ranger employed by the National Park Service. After picking up trash on the Ruth we were transported to the Pika Glacier where we picked up more trash and climbed the guide book routes on the Throne and Middle Troll. We then walked down the Granite Glacier and down Wildhorse Creek. After several miles of some of the more hateful bushwhacking that I have ever done, including some white water walking down a small but formidable creek that we were forced into when the bushwhacking became unbearable. I am told that this section of bushwhacking could have been avoided, but Kevin had to report back to work so there was no time for investigation. We blew up the butt boats and put in on the lower Cannicula. We then floated into the Tokositna to the Chulitna and pulled out in time for craziness at the Moose Dropping festival in Talkeetna. Kevin and I managed the float sans drysuits as we were trying to go light. The water was big river style, but very reasonable. The biggest waves we encountered were caused by jetboats out of Talkeetna on the Chulitna, and were kind of fun to ride.