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Helpful Climbing & Outdoor Adventure Resources

Park References & Resources in Alaska

National Park Service Wonder Lake Web Cam: See the north side of McKinley from Wonder Lake.

 

Denali National Park and Preserve: Information about Denali National Park and the Preserve.

 

Denali Park Web Cam: The view looking from Wonder Lake inside Denali National Park.

 

Denali State Park: Yes, there are two Denali Parks and this is the Alaska State Park that adjoins to Denali National Park. Denali State Park has superb backpacking and hiking with not near the crowds, and required permits and usage limits of the National Park.

 

Chugach State Park: This half million acre park sits on the eastern edge of Anchorage, and offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, right next to the largest city in our state. But come prepared, just becuase it borders the Anchorage Bowl does not mean it has does not have servere weather with serious technical terrain.

 

Chugach National Forest:

 

National Park Service Mountaineering Homepage: Complete with registration information and permits, current weather conditions, summary reports, mountaineering statistics, history, local concessions and much more information.

 

Guiding Services

 

The Ascending Path: Guided rock and ice climbing, glacier hiking and more in the Anchorge area based on a mindful approach to climbing.

 

Mountain Trip: Alaska Range guide service focusing on McKinley and other Alaska Range climbs offering the mountaineer and aspiring climber everything from Basic instruction to technical climbs. Mountain Trip has an excellent reputation throughout the local climbing community leading safe and successful expeditions.

 

Alaska Mountaineering School: Mountaineering courses conducted in the Alaska Range. AMS is the leading school emphasizing safety, leadership, team work, climbing skills, Leave No Trace, and fun. Their climbing expeditions are at the highest standard for safe and responsible climbing in Alaska.

 

Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School: Based out of Southeast Alaska in Haines, these guys have the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in their back yard. Their emphasis is on smaller groups and custom trips. They also have expeditions up McKinley and to Canada.

 

Alaska Mountaineering School Blog: Daily updates from AMS guides on the hill.

 

Saint Elias Alpine Guides: Specializing in custom hiking, backpacking, river rafting, trekking, ice climbing, mountain climbing and wilderness expeditions in the Wrangell/St. Elias region for single adventurers and small groups.

 

Kennicott Wilderness Guides: Dreaming of a true Alaskan Wilderness Experience? Owned and operated by local Alaskans, Kennicott Wilderness Guides provide high quality guides for backpacking, mountaineering, glacier hiking, and ice climbing adventures in Wrangell St. Elias National Park.

 

Alaska Wilderness Expeditions:

 

Alaska Wilderness Trails: Sheep Mountain-based fly-in, guided backcountry adventure company, owned and operated by third generation Alaskans.

 

Weather and Avalanche Info

 

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center: Advisories, weather and risk assessment for the Chugach National Forest.

 

McKinley Weather Station: Weather station on Mount McKinley.

 

Alaska Avalanche School: THE Avalanche training center, some of the best training you will find here, there or anywhere.

 

Flight and Shuttle Services

 

Talkeetna Air Taxi: Specialized in glacier landings and air transport for climbers and back-country skiers to various peaks in the Alaska Range.

 

K2 Aviation: A respected and familiar name in the climbing community and the tourism industry since 1979. K2's experienced and professional staff has earned a solid reputation for excellent service and safety.

 

Talkeetna Shuttle Service: Shuttle Service between Anchorage and Talkeetna.

 

Flattop Mountain Shuttle: Shuttle service from Downtown Anchorage to the Flattop Mountain trailhead, a great jumping off point for a number of backcountry adventures.

 

Alaska Climbing and Hiking Clubs/Forums/Festivals

 

 

Alaska Ice Climbing: A new web ice climbing guide built by local ice climbers. The site has fairly good pictures with topo maps.

 

Ice Conditions: A chat board listing the current ice conditions reported by climbers.

 

Mountaineering Club of Alaska: Club news with trip reports and some useful beta on Alaska.

 

Anchorage Adventurers: Getting outdoor enthusiasts together for the purposes of experiencing local, regional and far away fun hikes and other outdoor activities at all skill levels; learning tips, tricks and techniques for safe and comfortable outdoor adventuring; networking with the group and its members to expand and enrich your sphere of partners for outdoor adventures ; enhancing your outdoor experience while living in or visiting Alaska.

 

American Alpine Club Alaska Chapter: The Alaska Chapter of the American Alpine Club.

 

Ak Climber: Dedicated to Alaska's bouldering and sport climbing scene.

 

Valdez Ice Festival: Information on the annual Valdez Ice Festival.

 

Alaska's Mountain Rescue Group: Official site of Alaska'a rescue group.

 

Alaska Alpine Club: Dedicated more to the interior of Alaska around the Fairbanks area.

 

Alaskan Alpine Club: View the ice tower.

 

Online Guides to Alaska Climbing Areas

 

Hatcher Pass Guidebook: Another online guidebook of Hatcher Pass built on the high schoolers beta but updated.

 

Valdez Ice Climbing Guide: Excerpts from Andy Embick's guidebook "Blue Ice and Black Gold" with updated pictures.

 

Local Businesses

 

Alaska Rock Gym: Beta on Anchorage's best rock gym.

 

Satellite Communications of Alaska: Satphone rentals.

 

Alpacka Raft: The boats built tuff-enough for the rigors of the Alaskan wilderness, #1 boat used for the Alaskan Wilderness Classic race.

 

 

Alaska Nordic Skiing Sites (Groups, Clubs, Teams)

 

Nordic Ski Club of Anchorage: Cross-country ski club that highlights events, races, stories, training tips and trail maintenance.


 Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center: Coaching and training groups for ski racers ranging from younger junior Developement age, Intermediate and Elite Level Juniors, Elite Seniors, and Master athletes.


Alaska Winter Stars: Cross-country ski group dedicated to skill development and training throughout the year. 


Alaska Nordic Racing: Cross Country ski instruction and training for Master and Junior skiers of all abilities.


XC Alaska: All about cross-country skiing in Alaska.

 

Travel and Accomodations

 

Campground Reservation: One-stop reservation service for the the USDA Forest Service outdoor recreation facilities and activities.

 

Fairview Inn: Talkeetna's historic bar and stomping ground.
 
Alaska Internet Travel Guide: Your guide to custom Alaska vacations and directory of independent Alaska travel operators who may be of assistance as you travel Alaska.

 

Anchorage Hotel Network: Get detailed listings of airport hotels located at Anchorage Airport. Make Reservations securely online and receive instant confirmation. Arrange transportation and find information about other resources.

 

 
 
 
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