Work hard, see far
The 7 Pass route is no joke. There are numerous points where, in the moment, you will curse the heavens; or recognize that if you slipped and fell, that you’d get seriously hurt. The passes are steep, the streams are cold, and the bushes get thick. All that said, if you’re mentally prepared and put in the work, it’s totally worth it. The views are amazing, even on bad weather days. As is the wildlife. This route will kick your butt a few times and, when it’s over, you’ll remember the kicking very fondly. Mixed in with the unmitigatedly positive memories about the things you’ve seen.
And if you’re someone who’s light sensitive during sleep, don’t forget an eye mask.
Review Published October 14th, 2021
Front seat to a bear fight.
Excellent trip. Front row seat to an amazing bear fight over food. Carl was Very Good. Knew how to get close to the bears. Helped me diagnose a camera problem twice. The boat captain was excellent.From: Minnesota Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Katmai National Park
Review Published October 14th, 2021
Rhane, Rain and the Seven Pass Route
Expeditions Alaska can’t control the weather but Rhane, our guide helped our group cope with a week of rain by staying optimistic, positive and by providing a dinner and cook tent which he carried: his pack was 70 pounds – he’s an animal! Get the food package, it is worth it, the Guide prepared delicious meals for you. At first we were flabbergasted at the amount of food Rhane brought but when we exited we had eaten most everything in the bear canisters – nice planning Rhane. Our favorite meal was pizza, can you imagine eating pizza on a backpacking trip!?!
The Seven Pass Route is not for the faint of heart, it is not on trails. It covers 2 glacier crossings (these were my favorite), numerous stream crossings, scree, rocks, spongy tundra, following a mountain goat trail straight up a mountain side, bush whacking through alders and willow trees and 3 passes. It is strenuous and you must train diligently for this backpack because your pack will weigh a minimum of 35 pounds (bear canister plus food is 15 pounds). I am turning 60 years old this week and chose to challenge myself with this trip, thankfully I had no issues because of my training, living in Colorado and Rhane’s backcountry skills.
It was relaxing for me to follow a guide and not be in fear that I had made a mistake with my navigation skills. I just got in line and followed Rhane.
Alaska is rugged country with extreme weather but this combination makes for great glacier making. Do yourself a favor, stretch yourself and give yourself the gift of seeing Alaska purely by signing up for a trip with Expeditions Alaska.
Review Published October 14th, 2021
Unique Adventure in the Arctic
Cold and stark, yet stunning. Not the kind of backpacking I’m used to; this trip involved shoe-swallowing muskeg, rolling tussock, face-slapping bushwhacking, squishy mud puddles, and intermittent scrambling. Nevertheless, the views of the peaks and turquoise glacial lakes are incomparable.From: San Francisco Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Review Published October 14th, 2021
First time in the backcountry exceeded my expectations
We could not have asked for better guiding on our first time backcountry camping. Expeditions Alaska did a great job of trying to accommodate a physically fit family of 4 with no camping experience, including our 12 and 15 year old. sons. Rachel fielded a vast array of questions from us and made sure to try to address everyone’s concerns. We learned how to ford rivers, the most efficient ways of climbing up and down hills and how to tie up tent strings. We would definitely go back for another trip and we would definitely use Carl’s team.From: New York, NY Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Location: Chugach Mountains
Review Published October 14th, 2021
hello wilderness – Arrigetch peaks
If you’re looking for an off the beaten path hike this is it. Actually most of the time there is no path! For this trip you have to earn the right to hike these valleys and sit by sky blue alpine lakes. Be ready for slow hiking and rough terrain , your not going to eat up the miles here instead you’ll truly get the feel of the wild landscape and have the time to enjoy all of it from massive cliffs to delicate alpine flowers.From: Hawaii Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Review Published September 19th, 2021
No pictures can truly capture the splendor of the Arrigetch Peaks – you must walk among them! Yes, it’s hard work to get to them for most of us but the reward is worth the tired legs… Sheer granite peaks pushing up through the limestone of the overall Brooks Range, alpine lakes, cascading streams and infinite sky… Pause and take the time to soak it in… Rhane, our amazing guide, kept us all in good spirits and involved us in all decisions – he is a beast on the trails, a great reader of people and extremely knowledgeable about the backcountry!From: Alaska Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Gates of the Arctic National Park
Review Published September 14th, 2021
Amazing backpacking trip
Spent 5 days and four nights on an absolutely incredible backpacking trip in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park this summer. I can’t wait to check out other trips.From: Oakland, CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 21st, 2021
Had a great 12-day rafting trip with Expeditions Alaska in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. The guides and equipment were excellent and the scenery and animals were extraordinary.From: Carson City, NV Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Rafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Review Published July 11th, 2021
I had a great time.
This trip met my expectations. The yoga and meditation were perfect for all levels. I am a beginner at both, but more experienced ladies were able to challenge themselves. I would have liked to have hiked more, but being in a group of mixed abilities, … I was the weakest link in the pack rafting, so it all worked out. The 7 guests on this trip bonded and that made the trip so worth while.From: Wasilla, AK Number of Trips: 1 Location: McCarthy
Review Published July 5th, 2021
We had an amazing time.
It was awesome to see all the bears. We came home with some great photographs as well as memories of the bears and that made the trip. … Carl Rocked My World! He had a great sense of humor and was very knowledgeable about the bears as well as Kaktovik. He offered very good advice on camera settings and suggested locations for getting the best composition for the pictures. Carl helped us all to get safely into the boats and thankfully they was an enclosed cabin.From: Arizona Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Review Published October 28th, 2019
Polar bears were amazing!
A long time Alaska resident and photographer, Carl demonstrated his expertise and knowledge of polar bear behavior. The bears were easy to find and showed their personalities. I had been forewarned that accommodations in Kaktovik were less than ideal so I was not surprised at the poor conditions. That said, I was pleased with the food and with having sufficient power in the Waldo Arms’ rooms for charging batteries and laptops. I’m glad I chose this particular trip and would recommend Expeditions Alaska.From: Sedona AZ Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Review Published October 24th, 2019
Our trip to the Sanford Plateau was truly the trip of a lifetime, though I hope to do many more trips with Expeditions Alaska. All the details were taken care of with courtesy and professionalism, such that I was able to enjoy every aspect of the trip and not sweat the small stuff. Our guide, Rhane, was not just highly-skilled and extraordinarily likable; he is one of the most interesting people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. He is also a top-notch backcountry cook (pay the extra money to have Expeditions Alaska provide the food – it is more than worth it!). He was also a pretty awesome role model for my 14-year-old son. We did the Sanford Plateau, which was challenging but very doable for intermediate backpackers like me and my son. I cannot recommend Expeditions Alaska highly enough.From: Rochester, NY Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published October 14th, 2019
Life-changing experience in the Arctic
As someone who has never backpacked in Alaska before, Expeditions Alaska provided me an amazing introduction to a part of the country I would have previously never dared to venture on my own. Exploring Gates of the Arctic was a life-changing experience. At the same time, I became a better outdoorsman and a more thoughtful global citizen given the effects of global warming that can be observed in the park. I can’t recommend this company more. Their mentality of low-impact touring with smaller groups of clients falls in line with a growing urgency to sustainably enjoy our natural treasures. Also, I can’t recommend the timing of the fall trip more; autumnal tundra and the aurora borealis?! What a beautiful trip. I can’t wait to return to Gates of the Arctic.From: Maryland Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Review Published September 25th, 2019
A fantastic way to discover the Chugach Mountains
From the time we got picked up in Anchorage, during the nine days of hiking the Seven Pass Route and back, I felt like I was on a wonderful adventure. Walking on a glacier and having a knowledgeable explaining how it all got there. Walking on the tundra and the moraines and learning about the flora and the geology of the area. Coming across bears with the reassurance that your guide knows how to keep you safe. This is what I had expected but Rhane, our guide, and Carl, through the booking process, made it all happen and truly exceeded my expectations.From: Seabeck, WA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 14th, 2019
Fabulous! Beyond Our Expectations
My family and I had a fabulous trip on the Seven Pass Route with Rhane as our guide. It was without question the most beautiful and varied trip we have ever been on. The scenery was stunning at every turn. We saw a lot of wildlife including 10 bears! The off-trail terrain was definitely made easier with Rhane’s excellent guiding. He always made sure we felt safe in any situation. In addition, Rhane was very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, geology, history, weather etc of Alaska. The logistics of planning the trip were very smooth. I hope we get a chance to go on a trip with Expeditions Alaska again!From: Berkeley, CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 18th, 2019
I had an awesome, spectacular time on this hike.
I had a wonderful day with Jane she was so fun and easy to talk to. She knew alcot about the area we hiked in and the trip was a great introduction to Alaska.From: Balsam NC Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Day Trips Hiking Location: Chugach Mountains
Review Published August 14th, 2019
Best of the Backcountry
I had an incredible backpacking experience with Rhane and Carl at Expeditions Alaska. They provided an amazing trek through the rugged backcountry of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It was well prepared and customized to individual preferences. Rhane is very experienced and knowledgeable about the surrounding area and all things backpacking. I would definitely recommend exploring Alaska with this company!From: Perth, Australia Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published July 30th, 2019
Great day hike with an amazing guide.
Had a fantastic day hike with my guide Jane. She took me to a new area outside anchorage on a really fun trail, and she was so friendly and fun to walk with.From: Macclesfield, England Number of Trips: 1 Location: Anchorage Area
Review Published July 11th, 2019
Rocked My World!!! Expeditions Alaska Aurora Tour
Northern lights have been in my bucket list for a while. I wanted to go, kept waiting for my friends to go with me….finally I found Expeditions Alaska, I called and Carl answered the phone, answered all my questions and I did not wait any more, and booked the trip.
A small group, lots of personal attention and Carl is very patient with some of us with less experience in photography.
I saw the lights 3 out of 6 nights, not a bad batting record. I loved every minute of it….
Review Published April 17th, 2019
Bald Eagles galore.
My husband and I went on the photography tour for Bald Eagles out of Haines Alaska in November, 2018. We had excellent instructions prior to the trip, helping us be completely prepared for the inclement weather. The Eagles were spectacular, providing a week of photographic opportunities which we were thrilled to observe. Our guide Carl was congenial, professional, helpful and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this trip. We hope to go on another Expeditions Alaska trip in the future.From: Fresno, CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Haines
Review Published November 30th, 2018
Fantastic Nizina River Packrafting
I recently completed packrafting trip down the Nizina river. The scenery was excellent, and river provided the right level of challenge. Both of our guides were top notch from a skill level perspective; Professional, prepared, and attentive to our safety. Expeditions Alaska did a great job preparing us for the trip, and providing the essentials that we needed. Their responsiveness and communications up front were among the best I’ve experienced with guides in the area.From: Charlotte, NC Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Packrafting Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 14th, 2018
Great experience all-around
Our experience was consistent with the other reviews. Good booking process, responsive to questions (responses can be a little slow, but that’s to be expected as they’re not exactly sitting at a computer all the time), and great trip experience, from pick-up to drop-off.
We did a trip out to Wrangell-St Elias with Carl and his experience and connections in town (McCarthy) showed. Tons of knowledge on the Park, town, where we were hiking, and more. He also seemed to know everyone in town, from business owners to the pilots to the locals.
We paid for the full catering option and it was well worth it. Very reasonable given what you get in quality. Food was great and beyond just freeze dried backpacking options.
He was also accommodating to our small group in terms of preferences, from stops on the drive to and from McCarthy to the day’s itinerary (e.g., where we’re hiking to) while also providing relevant info and making recommendations.
In short, great trip and we wouldn’t hesitate to doing another trip with Carl and Expeditions AK.From: Denver, CO Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 12th, 2018
An exciting and unique part of the world to hike in.
The area was remote wilderness only accessible by float plane. We were dropped on the shore of a remote lake and hiked from there. We used either no trails or crude unmaintained “social” tracks. So the remote experience was pretty awesome. The hike wasn’t more difficult than equivalent Rocky Mountain hikes, but the terrain made it different.From: New York City Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Review Published August 31st, 2018
First trip to Alaska
I’ve done a fair amount of backpacking in the Cascades and the Rockies, but had never traveled to Alaska before. After taking one look at the pictures of the Seven Passes trek on the EA website I knew that was where I wanted to go! The trip couldn’t have turned out better (well, may a little more sunshine). It was challenging without being anxiety inducing, and the landscape was even more impressive than the photos. Our guide Jules was excellent and very personable. I’m sure I’ll be back on another of EA’s trips in the coming years!From: Seattle WA, USA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 31st, 2018
Best trip ever !
J’ai fait le “Goat Trail” pendant une semaine, ma guide était Jule et c’était probablement mon meilleur voyage !
Carl était aussi d’une grande aide avant le départ, toujours dispo pour répondre aux questions et les guides/descriptions du voyage sont très complets.
J’espère pouvoir revenir un jour et profiter d’un autre voyage avec Expeditions Alaska !From: Paris, France Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 14th, 2018
Really wild Alaska!
Great trip amongst icebergs and glaciers. Campfires on the beach and no one else around except the seals !
Awesome small plane trip to drop you in there. A truly wild experience!
Meg A Australia
Review Published July 15th, 2018
That was incredible.
Greatest adventure of my life. Our guide Jules was very professional, informative and helpful. Recommended using their services to explore the wild side of Alaska.From: Boise, ID Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 3rd, 2017
I highly recommend Expeditions Alaska …
My wife and I did the Seven Pass Route Trek from Bremner mines to Iceberg Lake with Carl’s Expeditions Alaska in August 2017. From day 1, I felt that things were done very professionally. A trip like this needs a lot of inputs and teamwork from the guides and the participants for it to be successful. This was very much the case on my trip. We felt safe, challenged, inspired and astonished by all the beauty around us. It is a tough route, but the experience and memories are worth more than any pain, pictures or scars you might encounter. I highly recommend Expeditions Alaska for such extended Alaskan backpacking trips. Hopefully I can do more treks with him in the near future.
Best Regards!From: Ohio Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 3rd, 2017
Exceeded expectations. So much fun.
Exceeded expectations. So much fun. Rhane was amazing. The most well read and well educated young man we have ever had as a guide. He knew everything from Alaska history, to glacier astronomy, to South American adventures, to rock climbing, geology, grizzly bears and black bears, sea otters, sea lions, mountain goats, kayaking techniques, and how to have fun! – Two parents and a 20 year old college son.From: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park Number of Trips: 2 trips Trip Type: Sea Kayaking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 3rd, 2017
Watching bears and enjoying good company of diverse people
Excellent trip, I enjoyed every moment of it. Very well organized.From: Chicago, IL Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Katmai National Park
Review Published October 11th, 2017
Incredible wilderness experience: scenery, solitude, wildlife …
Carl was a lot of fun to adventure with! I had an extraordinary experience in ANWR with Expeditions Alaska. The guides were experienced, flexible, and tried to ensure that each guest enjoyed the trip. The group size was small and intimate. Wishing I could go back now!!From: Plover, WI Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Rafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Review Published July 30th, 2017
Friendly, knowledgeable, hard working …
The Canning River trip was everything we expected. We are 60 years old and had a great time. Good equipment, good organization by Carl and Jule. Enjoyed spending 11 days in a very special environment with friendly, hard working, knowledgeable guides.From: Indianapolis, IN Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Rafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Review Published July 30th, 2017
Awesome trip …
My wife and I just completed a two week trip with Carl In June 2017. One week of kayaking at Icy Bay, “ice-breaking” in our kayaks, moose, wolverine, seal and sea lion watching, glacier calving, good conversation around the camp stove, all at the foot of Mt St Elias. A second week, exploring the tundra rain forest and coastal sands of the Lost Coast. Incredible, The trip was educational, challenging, and in a word “awesome”. A trip to remember always. I would do this again in a heartbeat. Thanks Carl!From: Rochester MN Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Sea Kayaking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published July 14th, 2017
Carl knows his stuff
I did the Aurora trip with Carl in March 2017, and I had an excellent experience and came away with some shots that I was really happy with. We were lucky and were able to see the Aurora every night of the 6-night trip. And while luck played a part, I know that Carl’s careful planning also helped. For instance, one night was cloudy, but he researched the weather patterns and changed the planned location for that night, so we could go somewhere with less chance of clouds. The planning paid off, and we were able to get shots that night. I also appreciated the pre-trip guidance Carl provided on shooting the Aurora, as well as his on location help with equipment and camera settings, etc. I would definitely recommend this trip if you want a great chance to get Aurora photos.From: Houston, TX Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Fairbanks
Review Published June 3rd, 2017
A wonderful guide and teacher
I’m just back from the bald eagles November photo trip with Carl and it was amazing. Thousands of eagles right here, posing for the camera, in the charming and quiet town of Haines. Carl was a wonderful guide and photography teacher. I learnt a lot about eagles, Alaska, and photography, notably improving my skills and knowledge of my instruments. I highly recommend the tour.From: NYC Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Haines
Review Published December 7th, 2016
Trips was amazing. Exceeded my expectations …
Carl did such an amazing and conscientious job of putting us in position for the killer shot. His experience photographing really showed and I could not be more pleased with the result.From: TX Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Katmai National Park
Review Published October 16th, 2016
Carl was patient and extremely helpful
I had a great time in the Wrangells. the scenery was magnificent and breathtaking, campsites were exquisitely beautiful. Carl and Expeditions Alaska did a great job.From: Charlottesville, VA Number of Trips: 10 Trip Type: Backpacking Hiking Packrafting Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published October 1st, 2016
Carl’s responsiveness to questions and additional information was most helpful and appreciated. The camping arrangements were first class, including great food. It was great to travel with Carl again. It was a great group of people that is so important to making a trip like that as successful as possible. I don’t know if that was by chance, or if Carl specifically picked people to participate in the trip from those who expressed interest, but however it was done it worked out. Special kudos to Jule for the wonderful meals she prepared.From: Washington, D.C. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Katmai National Park
Review Published October 1st, 2016
Exceeded all my expectations
In my opinion, there is no other wilderness guiding company out there that can match what Carl Donohue provides to his clients….professionalism, fun, excitement, and his services are worth ever dime spent to experience the wilds of Alaska. Thank you Carl.From: CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 4th, 2016
You nailed it!
Trip could not have been any better!From: AZ Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 25th, 2016
A once in a lifetime trip!
Amazing trip as someone who visited Alaska on a tour with my family 10+ years ago. I chose this trip because I wanted to hike into the wilds of Alaska and see what we saw and of course take pictures. This trip will not disappoint if that is your motive. Make sure you are fit if you are >40!From: VA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 5th, 2016
Carl does a superb job …
I highly recommend taking a trip with Expeditions Alaska. I took an Aurora photography tour and had a great time. Carl does a superb job getting his guests to the right locations to get the opportunity to see and photograph the Northern Lights. Enjoyed being in a small group that afforded each participant plenty of personal attention.From: TX Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Fairbanks
Review Published May 5th, 2016
I think I have fallen in love with Alaska
From the moment i decided to join the Aurora Borealis Photo Tour, I was full of excitement coupled with some nervousness due to no experience in subzero temperature and night photo-shooting. I have to thank Carl for making this trip a smooth one for me and the tips on photography. It has been wonderful to be out there in the wilderness feeling safe at the same time. It is a trip of a lifetime that anyone should make. I would really recommend to go with Expeditions Alaska.From: Singapore Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Fairbanks
Review Published May 5th, 2016
Even more beautiful than I expected …
I wanted to view the real Alaska, and Carl came through in spades. I was pushed to my limits exploring a remote part of Wrangell St Elias National Park, enjoying outstanding vistas. Everyone should make an effort to do a trip like this at least once in their life.From: New Hampshire Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published October 4th, 2014
the best hiking trip I’ve ever taken
Bremner-Tebay is the best hiking trip I’ve ever taken, and Carl strikes a good balance between the group’s freedom and overall security. Earth should be proud of Wrangell-St. Elias. On the seventh night of the trip, we camped near a centuries-old bear trail on a ridge whose view is as spectacular and varied as any I’ve ever seen. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we just spent hours silently soaking it all in. Save an actual tragedy, I can envision no scenario in which you won’t come out of any of Carl’s trips a more complete and fulfilled human being.From: Indianapolis, IN Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published March 1st, 2014
The Flight !!! The St Elias !!!
The place, the guide, the weather !!! Carl has successfully answered our expectations and even more. Don’t think, sign with him !!!From: France Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Sea Kayaking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 1st, 2014
All expectations were met.
Carl’s rafting trip through the heart of the ANWR, is the best way to experience the last of the last frontier. He’s got a great personality, he’s hilarious and he knows his stuff.From: Southern Cal Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Rafting Sea Kayaking Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 3rd, 2013
“Carl really made sure I had the best possible shooting opportunities and drove out to numerous different sites. Most nights we traveled hundreds of miles in search of good foreground interest (Carl knows all the great spots).
I could not recommend Expeditions Alaska higher!”From: Australia Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Fairbanks
Review Published May 5th, 2013
Carl, you’re the man
This trip had everything an adventurous photographer could ask for – float plane rides, camping in a tent, all meals by head lamp and most importantly fabulous photo ops of grizzly bears in their natural environment! Kudos to Carl for leading an excellent trip designed for all to enjoy!From: NV Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Katmai National Park
Review Published November 28th, 2012
The coolest thing I’ve ever done …
Carl does all the thinking and work for you, which is great! When you are tired, hungry, burned out and just don’t want to use your brain anymore, Carl is there to figure things out. Where to camp for the night, when and where to ‘crock up’ and cross a river, and when it’s safe enough to eat a snack when a bear is off in the distance. And he prides himself on being drama free!From: Hollan, MI Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Gates of the Arctic National Park Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 15th, 2012
A truly life changing adventure.
Each day was a new adventure or challenge, be it a day hike from a camp, crossing a fast flowing river or meeting bears on the trail. It wasn’t long before I felt quite secure with the leadership provided by Carl. A crazy life changing adventure.From: OR Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Packrafting Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 1st, 2012
Awesome trip to Katmai …
“Carl — just wanted to say hi and thank you for the awesome trip to Katmai! My pictures are fantastic!! – If you will be offering the trip again in 2013 I am very interested. Thank you again for fantastic trip last year”. – Hank S, GAFrom: GA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Photo Tour Location: Katmai National Park
Review Published October 7th, 2011
Even 5 days were not enough!!!
The guide is Excellent – and he is in a very good shape … Apart from just being a strong hiker, he is a pro level nature photographer, a well-read, intelligent and humorous man.From: Marl, Germany. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 3rd, 2010
The absolute wildness of the place.
The Iceberg Lake Bremner Mines trip was the primal, wild experience one hopes for but never really expects to have. The glaciers are amazing; crossing them feels like someone else’s life.From: Chicago, IL Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 10th, 2009
An opportunity and experience of a lifetime
It exceeded my expectations. It was one of the more Zen-like experiences, which I will relish the rest of my life. Every individual added positively to the group experience. Highlights? … Walking in peace over the glacier. listening to footfalls and the silence in-between. gray scale landscape providing a cacophony of mental color.From: NM Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 10th, 2009
Beyond our expectations !
The Skolai Trip was more than a memorable experience. Hiking, backpacking, camping and photography out there are, compared to other offers, affordable and well organized. A great compliment to our guide Carl, in whom we found a companion for upcoming new adventures.From: Marl, Germany. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 16th, 2009
Hey Carl, Thanks again for an awesome trip!
The Skolai Pass Photo Tour far exceeded my expectations both experientially and photographically. What an incredible introduction to the Alaskan backcountry! Carl was an outstanding guide and host, whose knowledge and attachment to the landscape was extraordinarily evident, allowing me to develop a portfolio of the area that I couldn’t be happier with! — Second to none – both in terms of knowledge and being really easygoing and friendly in a genuine sort of way.From: Billings, MT. Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Hiking Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 30th, 2009
I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
The week around Skolai Pass in Wrangell-St. Elias Natl park was superb.
Carl was always prepared for both the mundane (setting up a comfortable camp and cooking meals) and the more exciting (photographing grizzlies in the wild and scrambling upon glaciers). I was especially impressed with his facility in dealing with divergent abilities and attitudes. My trip was professionally run in terms of preparedness, safety, and respect for the wilderness; and one helluva lot of fun.
Follow up … July 19, 2014
“Great Canning River raft trip with Jule. Jule did super jobs – reading the river, cooking, and generally making it an enjoyable experience. Interesting and charming lady. as well.”From: Pasadena, CA. Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Photo Tour Rafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 6th, 2009
The Alaska everyone needs to see
With so many extraordinary places in the world, it is not often that I travel back to the same place. Wrangell St Elias, however, is one of these places you will want to see again and again and again.From: Worcester, MA. Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 27th, 2009
Carl was awesome
Exceeded expectations. Carl was very helpful with the pre-trip planning for my 2 sons and I (newcomers to wilderness camping). He was very safety conscious (a requirement for my wife to let us go), yet kept the trip laid back. I hope to do another trip with Expeditions Alaska, this time with my wife and daughter.From: Tucson, AZ Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 6th, 2009
I was expecting something awesome …
… , and it WAS awesome! This was my first time backpacking, but I had the most amazing experience and would love to return someday. We all had a great time together conquering the plateau. It was great to be with a guide yet make decisions as a group and be responsible for yourself. The natural beauty of the area was obviously one of the best parts, though.From: Boston, MA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 5th, 2009
The camp sites were incredible.
For backcountry travel in Alaska, you simply can’t do better than Carl and Expeditions Alaska. The trip was very well organized and the hiking experience was exactly as advertised. Carl is a top-notch guide with an easygoing attitude, great sense of humor and extensive knowledge of the places he leads his clients. I’ve been on other guided trips, and I think this was the best. You are knowledgeable and competent (which makes people feel like they are in good hands) but incredibly easy going. Someone looking for a lot of structure would not like this kind of trip, but I loved it. The camp sites were incredible (made even better by your after-dinner hot chocolate!From: Charlestown, MA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 5th, 2009
The incredible ‘bigness’ and wildness of the area …
… there’ nothing like it. What impressed me most about the trip was that our guide was very thorough in ensuring that we all understood the necessary safety procedures and efficient and environmentally conscious methods of camping, while at the same time keeping the mood relaxed and flexible in our plans. Overall, excellent, very knowledgeable about the area and very personable.From: Pueblo, CO Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 4th, 2009
Extremely well guided and planned.
The guide is a true professional; deeply dedicated to ensuring guests are well taken care of and experience a unique and safe wilderness experience. Knowledgeable, safety minded and a keen sense for detail.From: Randolph Center, VT Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 2nd, 2009
An incredible guide …
This has been, by far, the most memorable trip I’ve taken. Carl was an incredible guide who bestowed upon me and my fam an incredible amount of information that I’ll be able to use on future trips of my own. His enthusiasm for the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding environment is contagious. It was an incredible bonding experience with my dad and brother – Carl is a top-notch guide (and person) with a highly contagious enthusiasm for the rugged Alaskan wilderness. The trip was full of memories that will last for a lifetime, or at least until I take another trip up to Wrangell-St. Elias.From: Philadelphia, PA. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 13th, 2008
This was a trip of a lifetime.
Carl made the trip about us and what we wanted to experience. 10 out of 10 Above and beyond any expectation I could have. I was actually very nervous about the trip. It turned out to be something I could never forget and one of the most relaxing vacations I will probably ever experience.From: Seattle, WA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 13th, 2007
The Trip of a Lifetime!!!
If you really want to experience the beauty of wildlife and nature of Alaska, this is the only way to go. The scenery is something you cannot see other than a backcountry trip like this. Carl has the knowledge and experience to guide you to the best places.From: Lawrenceville, GA Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published November 17th, 2007
I would definitely like to go camping again with you …
I want to thank you for such an unforgettable experience in the wilderness. My friends ask me how it was, and I’m still trying to find the right words to describe it. Obviously, the place was beautiful, grand and untamed, and yet at the same time a strangely tough place to photograph for a first timer. I certainly enjoyed the company of hiking with our group, each member enriching the overall experience in their own way. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations with you during our hikes. Margaret’s stories and Doug’s company added to making the entire experience a memorable one.From: CA Number of Trips: 2 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 22nd, 2007
The experience will last a lifetime
I think you have raised the bar for photographing bears with your tour. The experience of being with those magnificent creatures will last a lifetime. Everyday brought new and exciting opportunities, being in the water or on the river bank made it so much better. ….
Mark was fantastic, his meals were varied and delicious with an international flavor. The fresh fruit and vegetables were an added bonus. His meals were timely and he worked very hard at keeping everybody well fed and taken care of. His backwoods knowledge added a great deal to the overall experience.
A fantastic experience that I would highly recommend.
Thanks”From: California Number of Trips: 8 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Photo Tour Snowshoeing Location: Fairbanks Katmai National Park Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published September 6th, 2007
We had the best vacation of our lives!
This was the best trip ever – better than I could have ever imagined. I really like how you let us determine what pace and where to camp, etc. I think having a laid back guide really made the experience better. If you want to experience Alaska in true natural beauty, Carl can show it to you like nobody else.From: Sumner, WA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 21st, 2007
It was magical …
Carl makes the Alaskan backcountry accessible while preserving the feeling of relative wilderness solitude. He navigates expertly, giving hikers time to fully enjoy the country without the stress of compasses and maps.From: CO Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 18th, 2006
Absolutely exceeded all my expectations.
My trip with Expeditions Alaska in Wrangell St. Elias National Park was an absolutely phenomenal experience. It challenged me not only physically but mentally and gave me a much deeper appreciation for our planet. As I look back almost 6 months after my trip I can still say it far exceeded every expectation I had about the trip and look forward to hopefully returning next Summer .. the stunning beauty of the Wrangell mountains is something I won’t forget. Once again I was able to see and appreciate how small we are in the universe. Carl was extremely helpful to all in the group and very knowledgeable about the Wrangell – St. Elias range. He is really one of the more genuine people I’ve yet met. His passion for the environment and the Wrangells in particular was very infectious. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful to all members of our group. You really got a sense that Carl would be out there regardless of whether we were there or not. I feel lucky to have had a guide like Carl out there with us.From: San Francisco, CA. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published December 14th, 2006
Thanks for the sweet picture of our campsite.
I was very pleased with the way the whole thing was structured. For example, getting picked up at the hotel and being driven to the park, having the bush plane all lined up, giving us two different trekking routes to choose from, the campsites where all sweet locations and views, and getting driven back to Anchorage after the trip. Other guides we looked at didn’t provide transportation out and back to Anchorage. Aside from the trip format, your skills and personality characteristics as a guide matched well with my expectations and preferences. I was looking for a guide that was well trained and knowledgeable of the area. I hoped for someone who was relaxed but decisive, and someone who could handle unexpected situations with a level head. You proved to be all of these things.From: MN Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published March 15th, 2006
Wildlife, scenery, it was all there.
Carl is a professional and a very capable outdoorsman. His knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness and his backcountry skills are matched only by his good nature and sense of humor. Thanks for a great experience! What did I appreciate the most? Carl’s attitude, cool temperament and sense of humor during the bad weather.From: Aurora, CO Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 11th, 2006
Skolai Pass is a truly stunning and pristine region. Carl and Expeditions Alaska were a perfect fit for our desires and abilities.From: Chicago, Illinois. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 3rd, 2006
“A truly memorable experience …”
Wolverine was truly a beautiful place. I get a lot of mileage out of telling stories about the adventures we had – they tend to conjure both awe and skepticism simultaneously. I wanted to thank you for a truly memorable experience, one that has a greater impression on me now than when I first returned. I marvel at how much I learned about the wilderness – setting up a tent for the wind, food rationing, distinguishing mountain goats from sheep, etc. Thank you.From: San Francisco, California. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Photo Tour Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published October 12th, 2005
Carl is an outstanding guide, his knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness, backpacking and photography is comprehensive. I’ve taken many backpacking trips in my life and my hiking trip with Carl was by far the best.From: Atlanta, GA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 26th, 2005
I can recommend Carl very highly …
… He has a passion for Alaska and its land and wildlife that comes through in everything he does. He is knowledgeable about the geography and geological history of the land, so he has much to share as you explore. He is friendly, playful, and has a good sense of humor. I felt completely safe when he was my guide, despite being in unfamiliar places with no modern conveniences that I was used to. Expeditions Alaska are very client-oriented. Carl will go with whatever is of most interest to his client at the particular time. Carl will suggest and recommend, but will not impose his own wishes.From: NYC, New York Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Day Trips Hiking Location: Anchorage Area
Review Published May 31st, 2005
I enjoyed the experience immensely …
It was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it! You were a solid guide, a great companion and we talk fondly of you and the trip on a regular basis. I would highly recommend you and your services to anyone thinking of a similar adventure in the wild. Thanks again for your knowledge, your patience, your spirit, your adventurous nature! It truly was a lifetime experience! I look forward to our next encounter!From: MN Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published February 1st, 2005
What could be better?
Visit an unspoiled piece of the world where there is little distinction between experience and heaven. Your guide will listen to your needs and respectfully respond, providing both guidance and space. For a family it is an ideal place to reconnect, decompress from pressures and to eliminate distractions. Go visit Wrangell-St. Elias, you’ll never forget it. It will live inside of you. Thanks, from the Plotkin family.From: CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 31st, 2005
The Guide? Very good, actually.
Skolai Pass is the best place in the world to get away from the cellphones and the blackberries. I would love to go back and see the marmots again!From: CA Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published January 31st, 2005
I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Carl …
We were traveling with our two sons, ages 11 and 9, and Carl customized our itinerary to meet our specific needs. Carl was extremely knowledgeable about the region, terrain, floral and fauna, geography, history, as well as being a skilled back-country camper. Carl made the hikes as vigorous as our young sons could handle. He was an excellent guide—everything we could have hoped for. Not only that though — he’s just a great guy, and fun to be with. We all really enjoyed his company. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Carl to be your guide in the Alaskan backcountry. Have a great trip!From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Basecamping Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published October 1st, 2004
Carl enhanced my backcountry experience by helping me see more. Not in the sense of seeing more places, but in the sense of seeing more deeply. By sharing his knowledge of the geography, the wildlife and the local culture Carl helped me make more mental and emotional connections than would have been possible otherwise.From: Decatur, GA Number of Trips: 3 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Hiking Rafting Location: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 27th, 2004
“an exhilarating experience …”
I had one of the best backpacking trips last June. Flying into the wilderness of Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias NP and camping 5 days on mighty mountains, hiking in caribou and bear country was an exhilarating experience. Thank you Carl for organizing it so perfectly!From: Sidney, NE Number of Trips: 1 Trip Type: Backpacking Basecamping Hiking Location: Wrangell - St. Elias National Park
Review Published August 31st, 2002