We’ll explore the glaciers of both Southeast Alaska and the enormous Alaska Range with custom sea kayaking and backcountry camping near the village of Haines, and a luxurious lodge stay on the Ruth Glacier in the Alaska Range.
Last updated: August 17, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guides for a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Haines at 5 pm. Lodging included at the Halsingland Hotel.
We load our gear into the water taxi for a 1/2 hour boat ride across the inlet and south of Haines to our favorite campsite. We’ll pitch our tents above the tideline in the grass near a small river, protected from the south wind and with an amazing view of the mountains and ocean. Welcome to paradise! We’ll have the afternoon to collect driftwood, hike the beach or kayak along the shore in search of wildlife.
Tide and wind are our masters. We can paddle into quiet coves, or kayak across the broad grey sea. We can climb to the top of an island for views up and down the fjord, fish for halibut, or walk in the green woods. No matter where we go we’ll scan the beach for bears and the water for whales. Or if you’d prefer to hike inland, we can trek up the river dwarfed by 1,000 ft cliffs to the glacier. It is a challenging hike to a spectacular destination.
Another day to enjoy sea and forest. We can fish, hike, track enormous bears, ride fat-tire bikes down the beach, waterski, or loaf in the sun (if lucky) on the beach and watch the clouds roll by. The wilderness is vast and we have most of the day to enjoy it. Late in the afternoon your water-taxi returns and takes you back to town. Haines is a fun and truly Alaskan village full of characters and surrounded by beauty. Art galleries, quirky restaurants and a brewery will make for an enjoyable evening on your own.
Weather permitting you’ll meet a chartered plane at the Haines airport for the long and beautiful flight to Talkeetna. You will transfer to a helicopter and arrive to glacial luxury at the Sheldon Chalet.
Activities at Sheldon Chalet include snowshoe and ski adventures, trekking, sledding, rappelling and crevasse explorations. All activities are guided and included.
You’ll leave the magical environs of the Ruth Glacier by helicopter and arrive in Talkeetna in time to meet the 5:00 p.m. train to Anchorage and flights home.
Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless. A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.
You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed. Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails. He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.
2 nights lodging in Haines at the Halsingland Hotel
2 nights camping along Lynn Canal
3 nights at the Sheldon Chalet
Boating, camping and safety equipment
Food while in the field
Professional guide service
Transportation to Haines
Transportation from Anchorage homewards
Food in Haines
Lodging beyond 3 nights at Sheldon Chalet and 2 nights in Haines
Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List
Gratuity for guides
The weather in Southeast Alaska is highly variable. It can be almost summery with temperatures up to 18C with sunshine or we can be visited by powerful storms with heavy rain and temperatures closer to 10 degrees celsius. Sheldon Chalet is at 6000′ with highly variable weather. Proximity to the glacier and opportunity for year-round winter activities means that you should bring layers of clothing—from long underwear to winter jackets to warm winter boots—year-round.