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Alaska Guest Review: Glimpses of Denali

CLEVENGER_Cabins Camp Denali

The Rohrbach family, Wildland alumni, came to us for help planning an adventure in Alaska for their family vacation.

"We had a tremendous trip and there were many occasions we were thankful for Wildland's services. The extra day at the beginning in Anchorage was very helpful, both to rest from the long plane trip from Wash DC, and to see a bit of the town. We rented bikes and did the Tony Knowles trail which was a good introduction to Alaska. We also went to the Anchorage Museum, which was great, and the Copper Whale Inn was perfect."

"Camp Denali was an excellent location with enthusiastic staff. The Camp was also very helpful in that they could equip guests with missing articles for hiking, from rain pants and coat, to a daypack and water bottle. The food and lodging were good and it was great to see everyone talking with one another rather than sitting on their telephones, given the lack of internet. The skies were generally cloudy, but we got a peak at the bottom of the mountains on Tuesday evening, and at the top of Denali on Wednesday morning. We hiked in the rain Wednesday morning but the Denali staff were well prepared with extra warm clothing! We saw bear, caribou, sheep, moose, porcupine, and many birds. Our big surprise was the low density of animals - after living so many years in Africa. Then on Thursday we woke up to a clear day and a full view of all the main peaks, it was a beautiful sight. I now understand that it is relatively rare for visitors to see the full Denali range. The Camp Denali staff suggested this happens only 3-4 days a month."

"The Silverbow Inn in Juneau was nice, with a great location and comfortable rooms. The town was, of course, crowded with tourists off the cruise ships. We hiked up to the top of the tram and back down, a nice easy walk. The helicopter to the glacier was nice and we were fortunate to have a clear day and to land on Taku Glacier, not the Mendenhall. The walkabout was short - about 45 minutes, but everyone seemed pleased."

"In Gustavas, the Bear Track Inn was nice and surprisingly not very full, which suited us fine. We saw whales from the boat on Monday, went kayaking among the whales and sea lions on Tuesday, and Glacier Bay Park by boat on Wednesday." - D. Rohrbach

To learn more about trips to Alaska give us a call at 800-345-4453 or email our program director, Rachael Garrett.

Photos courtesy of Camp Denali

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