Joe Meyer is a rare find among wilderness guides–someone who combines a deep knowledge of the backcountry with great people skills and a genuine interest in having a unique trip tailored to every client. With Traverse Alaska, Joe leads his clients into epic corners of the Alaskan wild by bike, hike and packraft, with just the right mix of planning and improvisation. This approach allows for incredible diversity of experience even in a day trip, in the company of a great guy who appreciates the opportunity to share his favorite places and the best ways to experience them. I can’t imagine a better way to have experienced the real Alaska than the trips we took with Traverse Alaska. My only regrets are that I didn’t have more time to stay out there longer and see more of what Joe and his backcountry had to show us–and that I didn’t have Joe helping plan our entire week in Alaska.