Alaska the last frontier
With its abundance of wildlife, awe-inspiring scenery, adventure sports and fishing, Alaska is a dream vacation for many. Most Americans considered Alaska to be the last frontier set just northwest of Canada and sharing its harsh wintery climate.It is especially known for its great camping and or RV sites for that exciting road trip or backpack adventure.
3 Top campgrounds and RV parks in Alaska
This park and holiday cabins are nestled in Valdez valley surrounded by majestic mountains, glorious waterfall in nearly all directions and teeming with wildlife including eagles.
They have top-notch facilities and RV hookups including different amp-age plug-ins, unmetered hot showers, a 24-hour convenience store, telephone, cable tv hookups and laundromats.
There is a gas/diesel station in close proximity to the park for a quick fill-up and various arranged tours, hikes, kayaking, etc. can be arranged through a tour operating in the area.
This resort was awarded the 2017 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. If you are an avid fisherman, then this is the resort of your dreams. The Kenai River offers some of the best fishing around. The river is home to many different salmon families, rainbows and halibut.
There is also a host of trip adventures, bear viewing, glacier cruises, whale watching and even blueberry picking in the right season.
This campground has long since been the favorite of many campers and RV enthusiast.
It is located on the banks of the Kachemak Bay shores and has been giving its customers outstanding service since being operational for over forty years.There are RV’s one can rent on site or bring your own, if RV’s are not for you, you can pitch a tent on one the well-placed campsites.
Here you get the best of the ocean view surrounded by the majestic peaks that dot the shore line as far as the eye can see.The site has all the standard and top-notch facilities to offer both RV’s and campers including allowing pets so Fido does can also enjoy a holiday with the family.
Mountaineering in Alaska
With some of the best mountain peaks once you have climbed, skied and or adventured in Alaska you will want to do so again and again as nowhere else in the world quite compares.
Best Alaskan mountaineering trips
Introduction to Alaska Mountaineering Course
Whether it is your first climbing experience at all or just in Alaska it is always advisable to find a course that will get your ready for the challenges you will face when climbing in Alaska.
Courses like these even the most seasoned climbing veteran should consider as they usually have some new tips, techniques and advice having to keep up to date on everything to do with climbing in Alaska.
They usually take up to six days but will cover things from gear, camping, survival and emergency procedures.
Mt. Sanford Climb and Ski
This mountain range is just north of the Wrangell mountains and is the sixth highest mountain peak in the USA. It stands at 16,237 feet, is a good mountain to climb as an Alaskan mountain climbing introduction and offers great skiing from the Sheep glacier.
There are some awesome views of the Wrangell mountains huge volcanoes and the climber gets to experience big mountain climbing.
Although a moderate climb all climbers should be in good physical shape and ensure that they are accompanied by a seasoned climber or native mountain climbing guide.
Is a remote peak in the St. Elias Mountains, one which is seldom climbed. It offers really good ski mountaineering with the best views of St. Elias and Wrangell mountains.
At 5000 feet it does qualify as a “big mountain” and has quite a few different routes climbers can challenge themselves with.
Mt. St. Elias
If it is a mountain climb that offers some truly harsh technical levels of difficulty sprinkled with terribly harsh weather conditions then this is the climb.
This climb should only be done by experienced climbers as it is the second highest peak in both Canada and the USA standing at 18008 feet. It has also only been climbed about fifty times since the first climbing expedition on this mountain in 1897.
This climb has to be planned well in advance and should be done through reputed climbing companies with a level of experience of the mountain.
Alaska has some of the best glacier/whale watching kayaking and white-water rafting there is. Get ready to scream your lungs out as you hit rapids from Class II to Class III (there are heavier ones for the even more daring). As you hit the calmer water with a sigh of relief to take your next breath only to find it once again swept away at the magnificence of the surreal surroundings. Winding your way through the calm surrounded by majestic mountains and un-spoilt wilderness as you dodge glaciers floating around you.
Whitewater rafting adventures in Alaska
Six Mile Creek
A challenging five-hour white water rafting trip set to test your metal as you thunder down Class V rapids. As you raft past some of the most beautiful scenery taking in the fresh un-spoilt air of the wilderness you descend down from the Chugach mountains at more than fifty feet per mile. The trip winds you through three canyons of abundant wildlife of black bear, salmon spots and deer.
This trip spans approximately three-hundred milesstarting from the Wrangell, through the Chugach mountains to the Gulf of Alaska.
This river is named Copper River for its abundance of copper deposits and has a large salmon production.
This river raft trip is usually one that is taken over a day to three as there are excellent camping spots along the way filled with hiking trails to take in.
If you are a beginner this trip, although a long one, has a few clusters of Class I to II rapids so it is a milder trip.
If it is mountain scenery mixed with some exhilarating Class II to III rapids for a strenuous day out this is the rafting ride. The trip usually takes about three to five hours, but it will get your adrenaline flowing and your mind buzzing as you take in breathtaking mountains, wilderness and fresh air.