I’m going to Alaska this summer, approx dates June 16 through Aug 8, and I’m both looking for trip ideas and potential partners, especially early in my stay in order to more quickly adjust to how things work up there. (I’ve made a similar post in the Packrafting Trips forum.)
Ideal trip ideas are: long-term (1-5 weeks), more hiking than rafting (80/20 or 70/30 ratio), high mileage and long days (20-50 MPD) and high effort-to-reward ratio (contrary to popular belief, I’m not a masochist). I’d like to keep trip logistics easy and costs low – given how little time I’m there and how many easily accessible options there are, I don’t think there’s much need to get fancy.
Ideal trip partners are: experienced in Alaskan backcountry travel and similarly ambitious when it comes to the length and intensity of trips. I don’t approach trips like adventure races but I’d rather take advantage of 24-hour daylight than sit around in camp. I would be especially interested in a partner or partners who more experienced than me in areas like glacial travel and packrafting.
I have given some thought to what I’d like to do when I’m up there…
I understand I’m arriving just in time for the first hatch of mosquitoes, so I’m thinking about heading north immediately in order to take advantage of the later hatch there. I would be very interested in doing a route in the Arctic Refuge. Once the mosquitoes arrive in the north too, I was thinking that I would return back to southern AK and start stitching together old Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic routes – start at Homer, go to Hope, cross Turnagagain Arm, maybe try the Girdwood to Knik Arm route, get over to Eureka Roadhouse, hike to Talkeetna, get up to McKinley Village, hike to the Gerslte, get to Central, hike to Central, etc. Another option is to do the Lost Coast route from Juneau to Anchorage.
If you are interested in partnering up, please send me an email at askurka_at_comcast.net or respond to this thread. If you have some ideas about trip ideas, please do the same.
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