Last updated: November 25, 2020
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Rendezvous in Chistochina, Alaska, mile 32.7 on the Tok Cut-off at 11 am. At noon, we meet our pilot who shuttles us into the mountains one at a time. Once the hum of the propeller fades into the distance and the quiet of the mountains descends we are on our own. The weather and your desires will dictate the pace of the trip, but the drop-off location is so spectacular it warrants a bit of time to relish the beauty.
The area around the Drop Glacier is so spectacular that a lay-over day is warranted. Day-hiking in the foss and up the moraine is excellent. Enjoy the grandeur.
When ready, you’ll negotiate the glacial moraine and head towards Capital Mountain where Dall Sheep graze high on the green slopes. Then its up and over the first 1,000 ft pass before finding a way to down to Boulder Glacier. The creek crossing below the glacier may be a significant obstacle if the weather is warm and crossing early the next day is prudent and often we can walk across the glacier and avoid the creek crossing entirely.
July 20 - 22
Once across Boulder Creek and Sheep Creek, the walking gets even better. There will be time to explore near the glaciers and to scan for wildlife on the tundra. Near the ice large cobbles and loose rocks slow progress but once up on the volcanic plateaus, full strides are possible and the vistas are impressive.
Each night we’ll camp near a small creek or find springs coming out of the rocks. Caribou frequent the high plateau so keep your eyes peeled.
One last walk to the galcier, one last scan for sheep above camp and it is time to pack-up and fly back to Chistochina where your vehicle waits. If the weather cooperates we can be back to the road by early afternoon, ready for the next adventure.