Traverse Glacier BayIt’s been more than a decade since anyone has set eyes on the massive ice caps, lakes, rivers, coastline, and mountains inside the remotest stretches of Glacier Bay National Park, and few people have ever attempted to cross this region. But that hasn’t stopped the staff at Alaska Mountain Guides from dreaming. "For almost 20 years we’ve stood in front of a giant map in our office, planning outrageous itineraries," says AMG director Darsie Culbeck. "The Glacier Bay Wilderness Traverse is perhaps the most classic of these routes." With a newly scored permit (one of only two in existence), the guides at AMG—specialists in Alaska backcountry travel—will lead an inaugural traverse of this 27-million-acre wilderness. Clients will sea kayak 30 miles in Muir Inlet amid glaciers, humpback and killer whales, seals, and puffins; trek across 15 miles of the Muir Glacier; and raft down 25 miles of the Tsirku River through a bald eagle preserve where moose, wolves, bears, and wolverines roam. The group gets expert instruction in expedition kayaking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, and, at journey’s end, beer drinking.
Outfitter: Alaska Mountain Guides; alaskamountainguides.com
Length: 12 days
Departs: July, August
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