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Alaska Wrangell-St. Elias NP Raft and Hike

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Date:
July 14 - 21, 2017

Price:
CMC Members: $4,250
Non-Members: $4,720

Trip Information

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Trip Overview

This trip is a raft and hiking trip.  In the northeast corner of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a mostly unvisited wilderness of incomparable scale, where rivers pour from glaciers and flowers bloom on the tundra.

The start of our river trip is literally the start of the river. We can walk to the glacier’s face and see the river emerge from under hundreds of feet of ice. After inflating our rafts, waterproofing our gear, and reviewing safety procedures, we paddle down river with the swift current. We won’t go far this first paddling day and we expect to have time in the afternoon to explore along the river or deeper into the mountains.

The Nabesna features swift current, splashy waves and dramatic scenery. We will be busy steering the boats (everyone paddles) and avoiding the big rocks, but not too busy to stop when we see wildlife river-side. With 6 days on the river and 70 miles to travel there should be ample time to soak in the wild country.

Once out of the mountains the vistas grow large and the river moves out into Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. As we near the village of Northway, the current slows and we can drift along peacefully through the flats.

There is wood (willow) on the River and we can have fires. The guide also has a nice big cook-tent and it can be warmed with the stove if needed.

Participants will depart on or before 31 March 2017, to arrive at
Geneva airport by the morning of 1 April and
taking a shuttle or train to Chamonix. That evening
,
the trip will officially commence as we meet our Alpine Guides
guide at our Chamonix hotel and receive a briefing on the trip, reviewing
our gear, and getting an update on
current conditions. W
e
will then spend a day touring around the Chamonix region to check out
our equipment and
practice use of avalanche transceivers. Our tour starts from the Grand
Montets ski lift on the third day, and we will
ski down to the Argentiere Glacier before ascending to the Col du Chardonnet,
crossing into Switzerland, and
descending to the Trient Hut. We will continue climbing, descending, and tr
aversing across the high Alps of
southern Switzerland for days 4-7, arriving on the 7
th
day in Zermatt, after an ultimate day of epic ski descents. A
shuttle back to Chamonix puts us back in a hotel to take a well-deserved rest.
One final
free
day in Chamonix
gives us a chance to explore this
Cradle of Mountaineering
, shop, dine, or just relax after a strenuous week of
touring, before we shuttle back to Geneva to depart for home
...
or for onward destinations in the Alps or other
points in Europe!
Participants will depart on or before 31 March 2017, to arrive at
Geneva airport by the morning of 1 April and
taking a shuttle or train to Chamonix. That evening
,
the trip will officially commence as we meet our Alpine Guides
guide at our Chamonix hotel and receive a briefing on the trip, reviewing
our gear, and getting an update on
current conditions. W
e
will then spend a day touring around the Chamonix region to check out
our equipment and
practice use of avalanche transceivers. Our tour starts from the Grand
Montets ski lift on the third day, and we will
ski down to the Argentiere Glacier before ascending to the Col du Chardonnet,
crossing into Switzerland, and
descending to the Trient Hut. We will continue climbing, descending, and tr
aversing across the high Alps of
southern Switzerland for days 4-7, arriving on the 7
th
day in Zermatt, after an ultimate day of epic ski descents. A
shuttle back to Chamonix puts us back in a hotel to take a well-deserved rest.
One final
free
day in Chamonix
gives us a chance to explore this
Cradle of Mountaineering
, shop, dine, or just relax after a strenuous week of
touring, before we shuttle back to Geneva to depart for home
...
or for onward destinations in the Alps or other
points in Europe!

Type of Activity / Level of Activity

Rafting class 2, some 3, hiking at "B,C" level, camping in own backpack tents and equipment

Maximum number of Participants

6, including leader

Accommodations

In Fairbanks, a hotel can be arranged at participants cost or can stay in Leaders sons home at no charge (sleep in bags there, though).

Skills and Training Requirements

Hiking level B, knowledge of camping in wilderness with own tent

Pre-trip Activities

Meet at leader's home to review items to bring, answer questions, hand out maps, contact lists.  In online format (email), will provide recommended flights, items required to bring online, go over clothing.

 

Trip Leader: Linda Taipale

Linda Taipali has taken several trips up to Alaska including Gates of the Arctic and Alaska National Wildlife Refuge using the same outfitter, Kodiak Island, Denali Park.  She is a CMC assistant instructor for Wilderness Trekking School (possessing excellent map and compass and knots skills), rock climbing, and is a Senior Instructor for Backcountry skiing.  She is a CMC Trip Leader and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. 

Linda takes frequent hiking trips in Colorado, California and Idaho and has climbed several 14ers. She has traveled extensively to places like Tanzania where she hiked Kilimanjaro, volunteered in South Africa at a wildlife preserve, arranged a trip in Nepal and hiked in Himalayas, and also hiked in the Indian Himalayas on a snow leopard expedition and toured sites around Delhi and Agra (Taj Mahal), lived in Europe and hiked in the Alps, arranged a trip to Finland and walked in Archipelagos there. 

She trained as a leader as Air Force Officer (in Communications/IT) for 10 years and responds quickly to crisis situations.