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A custom trip begins with a dream. Yours. A desire to camp amongst the great herds of caribou in the Arctic. To climb high into the Arrigetch Peaks, to photograph bears in Katmai National Park…the options in Alaska are exquisite and limitless. For the wilderness traveler there is no better destination.

We take designing your custom wilderness trip seriously. With decades of experience, exhaustive knowledge of the landscape and wildlife, and an extensive network of pilots, boat captains and guides, each itinerary is tailored exactly to your specific dreams.

The process starts with your desires, the size of your group or family, your expectations, your budget and your abilities. Our role is to advise, inspire, listen, and finally to transform your dreams into reality. We can share with you what is possible and help you craft the ultimate Alaska adventure.

All of our trips are "off the beaten path", true wilderness expeditions. A custom trip can be one of our scheduled trips on dates of your choosing and exclusive to your group, or an entirely new and unique itinerary just for you. We work with groups from 1 person to 10 people but 4 to 6 is often the best. Browse through the list of custom trips we have done in the past or give us a call and tell us about your big Alaska dreams. We can help make them happen. From a family friendly base camp to true exploration in the farthest reaches of Alaska.

Wildlife trips: Our experienced guides can help you find wildlife whether it be caribou, polar bears, blue-throats, grey-headed chickadees, or musk oxen.

Photography trips: Wildlife photography, landscape photography, film or art. We have worked with professional and amateur photographers from around the world. Let us help you get the shot.

Film or Science Support: In addition to "fun trips" we also provided guide services and logistical support for field projects big and small.

Skills training: Need to improve your wilderness skills? We can provide field courses, skill specific classes in Fairbanks or a combination of the two. Rafting or canoeing workshops, navigation seminars, wilderness safety.... the list goes on. We have the experience to teach you.

Family and youth trips: We love seeing young people enjoying the wilderness. Though we haven't had any clients under the age of 7, we take our own toddlers to the Brooks Range regularly. We can plan a trip that will be safe and fun for people of any age.

Aniakchak Crater Base Camp

Picture a still-hot volcano, rising from the Pacific Ocean, whose crater is home to grizzly bears as big as horses, with a mineral green lake, and some of the best hiking in Alaska. Welcome to Aniakchak Crater National Monument! From our comfortable camp next to the lake and within striking distance of the warm springs, we will spend our days enjoying the caldera in all its moods. There are cinder cones to climb, a river to walk down with impressive rapids to view, wildlife such as brown bears, wolves, and caribou.

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DATES

July is best
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REGION

Aniakchak Crater National Preserve
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TRIP COST

TBD

TRIP DETAILS

We can hike the crater rim and look out to either the Bering Sea or the Pacific Ocean (weather permitting). There is even a volcano inside of a volcano (Vent Mountain) we could climb. Or we could attempt to circumnavigate the 6-mile wide caldera. We can also focus our energy on photography, watching birds, or simply watching the weather and the changing light on the enormous crater walls. However we choose to use our time, the land will inspire and delight us.

Few people have ever heard of Aniakchak and many fewer still have had the opportunity to visit this spectacular part of the Alaska Peninsula. The peninsula stretches southwest from Anchorage for 600 miles of the most remote and beautiful wilderness anywhere. With smoking volcanoes, rivers full to their banks with salmon, and some of the world’s largest bears it is a rich and awe inspiring region. Half of the way down this road-less peninsula lays the least visited unit of the National Park Service, Aniakchak Crater National Monument. We plan this trip during the mid-summer  in hopes that the weather will be mild and sunny, but we will come prepared for the famous winds and storms of the region.

The crater is full of surprises, from its resident moose, to the thermal springs, to the tenacious plant life growing on coarse volcanic rocks, to lakes and rivers full of salmon. The Caldera was formed a scant 3500 years ago and erupted as recently as 1931. Signs of the active geology are everywhere in the area. Please join us for a week of wildlife, exploration, and adventure with latitude.

ITINERARY

What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Day 0:

Meet your guide(s) in Anchorage for a pre-trip meeting.

Day 1:

Fly from Anchorage to the village of King Salmon near Bristol Bay. From here we will board a de Havilland Beaver for a beautiful flight down the peninsula over countless lakes to Aniakchak Crater. The plane will land us on a bright green lake right in the Caldera.  We will unload, set up a comfortable base camp, and get to exploring!

Days 2-4:

We can do as much or as little as we want each day. Your guide will be available to lead hikes, interpret geology and natural history or simply suggest and facilitate your adventure. Hiking is great. Wildlife is all around.

Day 5:

On our last day (weather permitting) we are picked up by the same plane which brought us to this paradise. It will fly us to King Salmon where we will catch the jet back to Anchorage in time for a hot shower.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Transportation beyond Anchorage. Professional guide service. Wholesome, delicious, and mostly-organic food while in the wilderness. Stoves, cooking & eating utensils. Repair and safety equipment.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Non-camp lodging, Non-camp meals. Personal clothing, and footwear. Sleeping bag & sleeping pad. Three-season tent. Fishing gear and fishing license. Gratuity for guide(s). An equipment list is provided upon registration. Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild.

WEATHER & BUGS

Expect temperatures in the 50’s most of the time with a breeze or a genuine wind. We could get 70 and sunny or we could see a storm to remember. Bugs shouldn’t be present in the crater, rain and fog are much more likely. Weather related aviation delays are likely. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

RECOMMENDED READING

Being Caribou Karsten Heuer; People of the Noatak Clair Fejes; Caribou and the Barren Lands George Calef; Ordinary Wolves Seth Kantner; Alaska Wilderness Robert Marshall; Last Light Breaking Nick Jans; Arctic Wild Lois Crisler. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.