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.
Twin Lakes are the heart of Lake Clark National Park and offers the best hiking in the region. Our four day base camp trip has ample time for enjoying the storied lakes and mountains and for enjoying the wilderness solitude.
Hiking from Twin Lakes is excellent either in the boreal forest or on the gravely ridges. Steep mountains, alpine tundra, rocky canyons and broad glacial valleys beckon us to explore. Dall sheep, caribou and moose along with a great diversity of bird life make the hiking all the more intriguing.
In addition to the natural history, Twin Lakes is famous because of naturalist Dick Proeneke who spent almost 30 years living in the area. He was an exceptional craftsman and writer who made numerous films and wrote “One Man’s Wilderness” which is required reading for the trip. A long day hike from our camp will take us to his handcrafted cabin on Upper Twin Lake.
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide(s) in Anchorage for a pre-trip meeting.
Fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth, flying over Cook Inlet, through the spectacular Lake Clark Pass and over the immense Lake Clark. In Port Alsworth transfer to a float plane for a short flight to Twin Lakes. We will camp on lower Twin Lake on a nice gravel ridge with commanding views and good hiking.
Explore the area on foot. We can day hike to Dick Proeneke’s cabin one day and another great day hike around Emerson creek. Emerson woods has tall cottonwoods with generations of Goshawks, and not far up creek there is a canyon to explore (wolverine seen at mouth of it, Dipper nest near falls) and a fine valley above where caribou are often grazing. Or we can head for the high country and enjoy vistas and blueberries on the mountain sides. Our time is ours to enjoy the park.
One last cast of the fishing rod. One last photo of sunrise over the lake, and its time to pack our tents. Weather permitting we meet the float plane for the flight back to Port Alsworth and then back to Anchorage.
Transportation starting and ending in Anchorage, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear, professional guide service, and big wilderness.
Lodging , non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, fishing license, nor gratuity for guides.
Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. Temperatures will range from the 20s to 70s. Snow is possible any day of the year, but we get plenty of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes should not be an issue but bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.