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“A Highlight of my Alaska trip”

St. Elias Alpine Guides
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in McCarthy
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore Alaska's largest national park with the local experts, based in Wrangell-St. Elias since 1978. We offer half and full-day glacier hikes, ice-climbing, alpine hikes, fly-in hikes and rafting. We also feature wilderness adventures such as trekking, backpacking, rafting, skiing and mountaineering courses & expeditions. Our professional, personable guides love to share their in-depth knowledge of this magnificent wilderness!
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Orginally, I signed up for a full day glacier hike. Caught a bad cold in Seward and they moved me to a shorter hike and refunded the difference. We(5) were out for 5 hrs and had the best time of our lives. Seth was knowledgeable and a great guide. He even fixed us hot cocoa/cider while on top of Root Glacier. The views will knock you out.

Thank Doc1950
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We signed up for the full day of ice hiking. We got fitted for our crampons and headed out, only 3 of us on the tour. After about a 2 mile walk to the moraine, we put on our crampons and headed for the ice. The glacier is beautiful, filled with funnels, channels, waterfalls, caves and shapes. I stopped counting the cravasis we jumped over (honestly - mostly small and we could just step over).
Our guide Scott was wonderful, informative and knowledgable. He was very safety conscious and aware of the dangers. He genuinely loves what he was doing and enjoyed sharing it with us.
I didn't have a problem getting used to walking with the crampons. Our weather wasn't the best but it was a great day anyway! Great tour! Great guide! I would recommend this tour to everyone. It is one of my all time favorites.

Thank just4fun_as
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We started with a day of ice hiking, with a wonderful guide by the name of Joda. Hanging out with Joda was actually as enjoyable as being shown around the glacier itself, Joda was calm, relaxed, enthused and capable and the glacier was a series of hidden nooks and crannies with formations and shapes to investigate. Joda genuinely wanted us to get as much out of the experience as possible. Seriously nice guy. We then did ice caving with Marje, who, quite honestly, is the MOST excitable and enthusiastic young woman I think I've ever met! She was SO proud of these caves, and rightly so, as she had hunted them out herself ... very safety conscious and compassionate (Marje, don't forget the MnM's!!). We then decided to do the 2 hour tour around the 'town' which was with Joda also (multi talented lot). Again, informative, interesting and very enjoyable. Staff in the 'shop' were organized and efficient, friendly and knowledgeable so really nothing to warrant anything but 5 stars. We were both really saddened to leave McCarthy/Kennecott, and that's saying something as we live in the Caribbean.

Thank Dannydiver
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

I was reluctant to spend the money on the guided tour of the mine but so happy we did. Our guide Ben was very informative of the operations and history of the mine. It would not have been the same if we had done it on our own.

Thank flat8up
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Great Tour! Great Guides! Thanks a lot! The tour is good for older and younger people! You should bring your lunch and it's getting a great day! You will enjoy it!

Thank lunacypea
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