Expeditions Alaska Links and Helpful Resources Page
This page offers the Alaska visitor and particularly the backcountry visitor some helpful links and useful information for their visit. Hopefully you'll find it of some help in your trip planning.
Before you go elsewhere though, do look over the blog carefully. It's host to an ever-growing resource of outdoors information and tips and stories, etc. Many of the posts there are spurred by questions we receive from folks heading up here, so they're often pretty relevant. And those posts not so relevant to your trip might just well be entertaining enough to warrant a look anyway. Enjoy.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park homepage Home to some of the wildest and most beautiful lands in the country, our guided trips to the Wrangells offer the wilderness adventurer solitude, excitement, stunning vistas, and an unparalleled backpacking experience.
SAFETY: Important safety information for backcountry trekking from the pages of the national parks services' Wrangell-St. Elias website. There are no maintained trails in the park, and most access to the backcountry is via bush plane. Adequate preparation is vital to a safe and memorable backpacking trip.
Katmai National Park and Preserve: Katmai National Monument was created in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Refuge, ANWR, is well known for the debate over opening Section 1002, the fragile coastal plain, to drilling for oil and natural gas. Fortunately, it's still protected from "development", and is a fantastic place to visit.
Kenai Peninsula/Chugach National Forest: This stunning landscape stretches across southcentral Alaska, from the salty waters and snowy peaks of Prince William Sound to the fabulous salmon and trout streams of the Kenai Peninsula, covering an area the size of New Hampshire. It is one of the few places left in the world where glaciers still grind valleys into the hard rock of the earth.
Denali National Park homepage: Denali's more than 6 million acres also encompass a complete sub-arctic ecosystem with large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, and moose. The Alaskan Range runs through its heart, including North America's highest peak, Mt McKinley. We backpack through much of this terrain, and our experience in the park helps participants avoid the hazards of thick stands of alder and willow, raging rivers and to be better prepared for wildlife encounters.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's mission is to manage, protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game and aquatic plant resources of Alaska. The primary goals are to ensure that Alaska's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their habitats are conserved and managed on the sustained yield principle, and the use and development of these resources are in the best interest of the economy and well-being of the people of the state.
Outdoor Gear Deals of the Day: All the best deals of the day on the web. Bookmark this site. This site will also link you to most of the best online websites for outdoors gear. My favorites are: Moosejaw, Backcountry.com, Altrec, Steep and Cheap, Sierra Trading Post and CampSaver.
The best and cheapest option for buying Hiking Boots and Walking Sticks. Visit the online Discount Hiking and Camping Gear Store.
Specialty Outdoors: For the absolute best in gear repair, great service and prices, I highly recommend Penny. They offer technical clothing repair and alteration, Gore-tex repair, tent repair and modification, backpack modification, and custom work too, just to list a few things.
Tent Pole Technologies, Inc. Tent pole repair and replacement specialist.
Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast - Jewel Lake B&B. For accommodations in Anchorage, stay at Jewel Lake - the award winning bed and breakfast.
Sherry and Derek Tomlinson
Coastal Trail Bed & Breakfast
3100 Illiamna Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99517
(907)243-5809 Fax: 243-5514
Larry Michael and Allan Ramsey
(Toll free) 877-693-1239
1239 I Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Susitna Place is located at 727 N Street, their phone is 907-274-3344
Mahogany Manor: Toll free: 1 888. 777 0346T (local) 907. 278 1111
Inlet Tower Hotel - 1 907. 276 0110
Sheraton Hotel, - 1 907. 276 8700
Hilton Inn - 1 907. 272 7411
Motel 6 - 1 907. 677 8000
Marriott - 1-907. 279 8000
Captain Cook Toll free: 1 800. 843 1950 (local) 1 907. 276 6000
The Long House Hotel - 1 907. 243-2133
TheHikingCenter.com - For hiking products on auction, hiking information and advice.
Alaska Outdoors Journal: A wealth of relevant information on outdoors adventure in the great Alaskan wilderness. Click here for a helpful article on backpacking the Chitistone Valley region of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links, Provides visitors with links to other Web sites containing original content which is informative and useful to the online hiking, trail, walking, and Wilderness communities.
Goingnorthtravel.com: a great site with a bunch of information concerning the great outdoors of the north. Helpful resource.
Hiking and Backpacking: Online hiking and backpacking gear and info resource.
Backpacking Light: The Community of Lightweight Hiking and Backcountry Travel.
Backpacking.net: Community of folks with info on hiking light.
Outdoor Guides: Guide to state regulations on fishing and hunting, to public and private outdoor usage areas. Listing of commercial guides, accommodations and travel suggestions, and manufacturers of all varieties of outdoor sporting equipment.
Thebackcountry.org: Enter The Backcountry for trip reports, photographs, maps and information from backpacking and day hikes in and around Yosemite National Park.
Paddler's Retreat: 10 overnight kayak trips locations in the US.
Alaska Outdoors Supersite: All kinds of forums on Alaska Outdoors activities.
Alaska Conservation Society: ACF is at the hub of the Alaska environmental network, in touch with both local and national efforts. With a demonstrated capacity for taking a long-term view of Alaska, ACF is working to build broad-based public support for environmental protection and for institutionalizing a sound conservation ethic, through grant making to the most effective grass roots conservation organizations in Alaska.
Alaska Wild: The League exists to lead the effort to preserve Alaskaís wilderness by engaging citizens, sharing resources, collaborating with other organizations, educating the public, and providing a courageous, constant and victorious voice for Alaska in the nationís capital from all 50 states that work together to keep Alaskaís wild places protected for future generations. Alaska Wilderness League is a member of the Alaska Coalition and also helps facilitate and staff the Coalition to further support its continued success.
Friends of the Earth: The world's largest grass roots environmental network, uniting 77 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies. Find out more about the group nearest you in our groups pages.
Stop Pebble Mine: Stop Pebble Mine is a group of individuals that have a stake in the Bristol Bay Region that want to preserve the pristine beauty and vast wilderness where the proposed Pebble Mine is to be placed.
Save Bristol Bay: The Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska is pristine wild country stretching from the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range, across tundra and wetlands laced with rivers that flow into the Bay, providing the best wild salmon habitat on Earth. The hour and a-half flight from Anchorage to Bristol Bay takes visitors on a breath-taking journey across two national parks (Katmai and Lake Clark), Alaska’s largest state park (Wood-Tikchick), three active volcanoes (Augustine, Iliamna and Redoubt), Lake Iliamna (Alaska’s largest lake) and countless winding rivers and tundra lakes. Bristol Bay and its watershed are truly inspiring for their beauty and bounty of fish and wildlife. The Pebble deposit is a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdemum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay. If built, Pebble would be one of the largest mines of its type in the world.
Renewable Resources Coalition: The RRC is an Alaskan non-profit 501 c (6) corporation founded by Alaskans with a diverse membership including commercial fishermen, natives, lodge owners, sport fishers and hunters along with many others. The mission of the Renewable Resources Coalition is to preserve and protect the ongoing viability of Alaska’s abundant fishing and hunting resources and the lands and waters they need to survive.
Defenders of Wildlife - ANWR page: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to arctic foxes and caribou. It's the most important onshore denning habitat for America's vanishing polar bears. And, each year, millions of birds from all across the country make their way to this special place.
Tongass National Forest Conservation Society: Tongass Conservation Society has maintained its vigilance in the southern Tongass for many years. The closure of the Ketchikan Pulp mill in 1997 eased the burden of industrial scale logging although timber sales are still regularly scheduled. Some logging operators demand roads be constructed in order to cut old growth trees. TCS has been fighting to have Alaska returned to its former roadless designation.
Sitka Wild: Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska and Sitka's quality of life since 1967. We are based in the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, located on the west coast of Baranof Island in the heart of the Tongass National Forest.
Biogems - Save the Tongass: Stretching 500 miles along the southeast coast of Alaska, the Tongass National Forest lies at the heart of the world's largest remaining temperate rainforest. With its towering groves of ancient trees, the Tongass supports vibrant populations of eagles, grizzlies, wolves and salmon.
The Nature Conservancy: For over 50 years, the nature conservancy has worked to protect more than 116 million acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide, preserving the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth. Other conservation agencies we support are the National Wildlife Federation, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Trust for Public Land.
Dogwood Alliance: Southern activists formed Dogwood Alliance in November 1996.In 1999, Dogwood Alliance celebrated its first major victory by leveraging the first ever, comprehensive study of Southern forest sustainability. Conducted by the US Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the study showed that the Southern United States produces more timber than any other country in the world and paper is the number one wood commodity produced in the region. It also confirmed that Southern forests are some of the most biologically diverse and endangered in North America.
Nature Photographers Network:The greatest resource on the web, bar none, for any and all things concerning nature photography. A wonderful community of amazingly talented and generously helpful nature photographers.
WildNatureImages.com: is a stock and assignment photography photo agency located in Seward, Alaska, offering a wide variety of nature and wildlife photos by professional photographer Ron Niebrugge. Ron's awesome!
2 fine landscape photographers, Mr Michael E. Gordon, and Mr Guy Tal, are now offering workshops for interested photographers. Visit their site.
Skolai Images: A new stock photo site from Carl Donohue.
Mark Graf: Mark is an awesome photographer, with some really cool images. He's based in SE Michigan, but don't hold that against him. Definitely take a look at Mark's site for some great and diverse photography. His blog on that same site is pretty cool too.
Gloria Hopkins: Gloria is a visual artist specializing in oil painting, watercolor, graphite, film photography and computer graphics, in that order. She also writes on the topic of image composition and design with an emphasis on nature photography.
Top photos, some of the best nature photography sites on the net.
The-Digital-Picture.com: Browse and shop our digital picture galleries, read our digital camera and lens reviews, and learn from our digital photography tips!
Alaska On The Web:A resource for Alaska travel information including accommodations, outdoor adventures, fishing, hunting, rafting, kayaking, tours, travel planning and real estate.
Riptrax: Riptrax Travel Resource Travel Directory.