There are fall colors in the tundra, the moose and caribou are scraping the velvet off their antlers, the fireweed has
gone to seed, and the sandhill cranes are migrating through. There’s even fresh snow in the high country! Every year we look back on this time and think, how did this summer fly by so quickly? Summers in Denali are spectacular (just ask any of our clients), and the advent of fall means we have a bit of time to reflect on the height of the season and some of the people that we were lucky enough to spend time with.
This summer included more custom, multi-day adventures than any previous summer season. From introducing folks to backpacking for the first time, to overnight river trips on remote rivers in the Talkeetna Mountains, we loved getting out and sharing Alaska with first-time visitors and seasoned outdoors-people alike. We crafted multiple unique backpacking experiences in the Talkeetna Mountains and in Denali State Park, where as always, the views of Denali (“the mountain”) never got old! We also helped several groups plan their entire Alaskan vacation, where we gave recommendations and arrangements for our favorite places to play, stay, and eat across the state.
Many of our clients joined us for a single day of hiking and exploring the wilderness around Denali, and we enjoyed providing guests with the knowledge, confidence, and tools they need to hike off-trail. Some of our day trips involved packrafting, which is such a unique and gratifying way to witness this country. In addition to packrafting rivers in the Alaska and Talkeetna Mountain Ranges, we also linked up custom adventures like fly fishing, bird watching, flight-seeing, river rafting, and private tours of a sled dog kennel to many of our guests.
One of the most memorable aspects of the last few weeks is the excellent crop of blueberries this year! Everyone who joined us on our day hikes, from ages 7 months to 78 years, appreciated this wild bounty of the tundra. Some groups were lucky enough to spot grizzly bears (from a safe distance) enjoying the bumper crop as well, which is always a memorable experience.
But don’t take our word for it! Check out our TripAdvisor page to read reviews from our clients about how rewarding their visit to Alaska this summer has been. To see photos from our summer adventures, like our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Although the summer visitation season is winding down, we aren’t done adventuring! Winter in Alaska is phenomenal, and we’ll be announcing specialty winter trips, in addition to offering custom guiding and transportation all winter long.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re planning to visit the Last Frontier this winter season!