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Seeking Adventurer(s) For An Alaskan Spring Session

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1. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 2y

How do you do?

I’m planning a venture up to Alaska starting in Mid May, and I thought I’d put up an open invitation to any other hardy souls to make this trip a bit more interesting. I’m looking for easy going, positive, organized, in shape, adventure seeking folks (male or female) who can handle adversity, and like challenges. A good sense of humor would probably help too.

Here’s what I have in mind:

I’m going to hike/ski Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano on the southern tip of Kruzof Island which is located about ten miles northwest of Sitka. We’d need to get a ride from a local with a skiff in Sitka, and I have a few contacts up there towards that end. Mt. Edgecombe rises 3000 feet above sea level, and the trail to get there is roughly seven miles long. It is rated as a strenuous hike. Ideally, the snow is good and we can spend a couple of days making some turns down it, but if not, the hike will be worth it. I was figuring to be out there 3 to 5 days. There are forest service cabins for rent, but I’m not against camping out on top of the volcano either.. The two concerns I have for this leg of the trip are grizzly bears, who will be waking out of hibernation, and avalanches, though I don’t know how much of a threat they are. I’m not particularly worried about either, but one has to respect both.

After that, I was planning on flying up to Anchorage, and hitchhiking up to Denali National Park. I’ve never visited Denali yet, and I plan on spending at least a couple of weeks up there exploring, back country camping and hiking the park. I have a nephew working up there, and would be a good source of information, not to mention good company when (and if) we arrive.

If you’ve never been to Alaska before, especially in May, you should keep this in mind:

Alaska can be quite cold in May. It is still transitioning from winter to spring.
It rains a lot. It could and probably will rain the entire time we are there. Especially near Sitka.
You are a long way from help.
It is very rugged.
It can be amazingly beautiful.
It rains a lot… :-D

If this venture interests you, Please contact me, and we can discuss the details more thoroughly.

I should mention you will be paying your own way, so plan on figuring out how you would get up there from your location.

Cheers!

Thom
a.k.a. Rhombus