Here's just a small taste of the trips we guide and instruct. But the world is a big place. If you have an idea, call us!
Chugach Range, Alaska
The Chugach Range in South Central Alaska provides a wild terrain of salt and high snow. The peaks are never that tall (the tallest mountain, Mount Marcus Baker is 4,016 meters) but the terrain is some of the wildest and least visited in the entire country. These mountains don't offer that much for backpacking, but they are a ski tourers and mountaineers paradise.
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a land of prodigious beauty and outrageous remoteness. The Alatna River and the Arrigetch Peaks area make for some of the most popular travel, but in a park a little larger than Belgium the opportunity for exploration and climbing unclimbed peaks abound.
The Alaska Range, Revelation Mountains, and NEacola Mountains
The Alaska Range and its subsidiary ranges are hard to beat when it comes to the most beautiful places on the planet. While the slopes of Denali are swarming with people seeking out the summit of North America, most of the range is open to empty exploration, wandering, peak climbing and the infinite expanse of outrageous ice and snow.
The Wrangell St. Elias Mountains, Alaska
The Wrangell St. Elias Mountains are huge! The Wrangell - St. Elias National Park is large enough o hold six Yellowstones within its borders and the total area is about the size of Switzerland. The St. Elias mountains hold most of the tallest peaks in North America yet are only ten miles from tidewater. This relief is one of the most drastic in the world and is part of what makes these mountains so special. I describe these mountains as a wild sandwhich with lush rolling hills down low, the Grand Canyon in the middle, and high glaciated peaks pouring glaciers over the side of the red canyon walls. Almost all of our trips in the Wrangells are fly-in trips, but let us know if you have something else in mind.
Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound is a bewildering mix of the Caribbean with tidewater glaciers spilling into the sound. The sound is home to a plethora of humpback and orca whales, sea otters, harbor seals, pelicans, black bears, eagles, and endless other creatures of beauty. Prince William Sound is where the idea for Indigo Alpine Guides started and we do our best to return each year to camp underneath the massive walls of calving tidewater glaciers and paddle alongside humpback whales. All of our trips in Prince William Sound are sea kayaking trips. If you would like to backpack near Prince William Sound see our Chugach Mountains page.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
People often associate Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with oil drilling controversy. What they don't think of is what you see above: vast rivers, rolling mountains abloom with wildflowers, and coastal planes flooded by thousands of caribou. The Kongakut River is considered one of the best wild remote rivers in the world. If you want the chance to see caribou, bear, and tremendous beauty on a float from inland mountains to arctic sea shores, check out ANWR with us!
The outrageously remote Yukon Backcountry
In all of North America, few places are as removed and remote as the far northern reaches of Canada. The Yukon has some of the most rugged mountains in the world, with sweeping expanses of open, un-touched terrain. There are huge numbers of Grizzlies in this area, but so much terrain that you're unlikely to ever run into them. If you want to feel like you're really the first person to see a place -- then take the path really less travelled and explore the Yukon Territories.