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About Kennicott Wilderness Guides
We are a small group of dedicated, knowledgeable guides enthusiastic about the beauty and diversity of Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. We offer 1/2 and full day glacier hikes. Beginning to advanced Ice Climbing instruction, packrafting courses and adventures, as well as basecamping & backpacking trips. We also offer customized full service package trips as well!
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newthink4 wrote a review Sep 2019
Denver, Colorado14 contributions5 helpful votes
KWG is one of the few places I've ever seen who offer an ultra endurance hike. I didn't want to do an overnight trip but wanted to get the most out of my time. My guide Mike and I did a nine hour 24 mile hike entirely on the Root Glacier. We made it all the way to the ice fall. This was the furthest he's been on the Root. I'm happy that we both got to see some new sights - fabulous lakes, pools, rushing water and blue crevasses. Mike was capable, knowledgeable and happy to hike 24 miles in a day. Would work with KWG again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Diane K wrote a review Sep 2019
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Kennicott Wilderness Guides- the best backcountry guide service in Alaska’s Wrangell St Elias National Park!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Steph B wrote a review Aug 2019
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We planned our trip to Alaska for a year and the best thing we did on this trip was sign up for this guided tour in Wrangell Park. Sarah & Jack were knowledgable, organized and amazing with our kids. We sent a lot of information out in advance (sizes, meal orders, etc.), but they were the ones that made us comfortable trying so many new things out. We went glacier hiking, base camping for 3 days and out on a pack rafting trip with giant icebergs. Our guides said this was new territory for them as well ... this was their first trip with kids under the age of 10 in five years! We hiked 4-6 miles a day and they did great (perhaps a little slower pace, but I was fine with that. 😂 🤣 😂) Climbed the “Alpine Stairmaster” to reach Goat’s Knoll — a 1200 foot incline with incredible views. Saw our first black bear, mountain goat and bald eagle. We were there 17 days and the guided tour was def the highlight of the trip. Thank you!!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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JPRKS wrote a review Aug 2019
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My wife and her family have hiked across a glacier before, but this was my first time. Our guide across the glacier was Ben, who was both knowledgeable and humorous early around 8am. I "woke up" two hours later into our trip, but Ben never lost momentum. On our way to the Root Glacier, he made a point to get to know each one of us on a personal level, and shared about his experiences. He also laid down ground rules, but in a very casual and laid back way. He was also courteous of respectful of other groups heading out, even those not affiliated with his company. He helped us out our crampons on, taught is how to walk upon this glacier, and off we went. The route from the visitor's center to the glacier is a gravel road then a dirt road that eventually has a steep descent down boulders. I recommend taking hiking poles for this, and they will serve decently on the ice. The walk across the bottom was upon thousands of gravel stones, so the ground was somewhat moving. It was around 60°, and upon the glacier it was about 10 degrees cooler - I overprepared and had removed most of my layers bar a t-shirt, button down longsleeve sun shirt, zip-off pants, and a rain jacket and rain pants. I was comfortable in these as we went hiking. We also brought the mandatory gloves and sunglasses (also very helpful), and I had an earband and hat with my jacket's hood pulled up. This outfit was all I needed and was fine. The glacier took getting used to for me, but Ben was there to help us out whenever we needed him, and sometimes before we were aware we would. The crevasses were hidden until right up on them, and some were the kind you don't come back from, but Ben always scouted the path for the most accessible route, and as I was the least experienced I felt over time the paths chosen were selected to accommodate me. We made it out to a waterfall for lunch and decided as a group we'd rather see more of the glacier than the lake, which would have taken longer to get to and it was getting late in the afternoon. Ben guided us along slightly more challenging areas, but was always there to coach us and even assist us across difficult parts of the ice. By about a quarter of the way through our entire time, we had made a friend in Ben, and when we were traversing these more difficult parts there was an unspoken trust we had in him, not as our guide, but as our ally on the ice. Our trip was a great experience, particularly for me as I had never been on a glacier before (or drank its incredible water!), but our guide is what makes it stand out in my mind. I would do this trip again, but only if Ben were our guide.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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PeTera wrote a review Aug 2019
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We did a full day glacier exploration tour with Mike, and couldn't have had a better time. He was such a fun guide, and also helped find ice climbing opportunities to learn and also really enjoy the experience. The full day private tour really let him cater the day to what we were interested in - and it did not disappoint. We would highly recommend Kennicott Wilderness Guides, and especially Mike, if you're looking for an awesome adventure!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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