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Backpacking Alaska: Glaciers, Wildlife, & Peaks On Every Corner

During a one-month August journey, BACKPACKER undertook multiple crowd-free Alaskan backpacking routes and returned with extensive photos, video, & GPS.

by: Steve Howe, Katie Herrell

The 27-mile-long Matanuska Glacier.
The 27-mile-long Matanuska Glacier.

Check Back Often! This Page Will Be Updated Frequently as Footage, Photos, & Stories Roll In

Blog Entry 1 - Pre-Trip, July 20

The Big Trip

Thoughts on adventure organization from the depths of packing hell

Blog Entry 2 - August 4
Quick Post from Alaska

A peek behind the curtains at the glamorous life of an outdoor journalist

Blog Entry 3 - First Post-Trip Report From One Correspondent, August 26
Trip Report: Alska by Glacier
A multi-day glacier backpacking trip is a lesson in sleeping surfaces, dining options, and the notion of civilization.

Blog Entry 4 - September 4
Trip Report: Entering Alaska
A multi-day glacier backpacking trip gets off to a shaky start following the demise of a hotel alarm clock

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Entering Alaska: Pipelines, Rations, and One Major Wrong Turn

Blog Entry 5 - September 4 - Steve Returns!
Out of the Wild
An ode to the joys of sloth, and tonza photos too

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Glacial Alaska
The Castner Glacier proved a picturesque teaching ground for glacial terminology.

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Barry Barns
Sep 17, 2009

I was on Castner glacier a few years ago. I spent 7 days socked in with rain and some snow flurries during a sheep hunt in August. I'm glad you had some better weather. On day 7 we got our ram and I was more than ready to get out of there, but if I had the opportunity I would be back there in a heartbeat.

John Harms
Aug 29, 2009

Man, I wish I would have know you guys were coming up! I would have definitly put you guys up for a few nights. Screw paying for a hotel. Hope the trip is going well. If you are still in town, hit me up via email (


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