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“Hands down, this was the highlight of our Alaska vacation!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alaska Backcountry Access LLC

Alaska Backcountry Access LLC
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Girdwood Canyoneering Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Alaska Backcountry Access is a multi-sport adventure company dedicated to providing unique adventure activities in the Chugach National Forest and around Alaska. Access to the remote lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers and trails is key to exploring the mountains surrounding this remarkable glaciated area. Finding the real Alaska is difficult so let the guides at Alaska Backcountry Access share their backyard with you. Get away from the crowds, off the beaten path and into world class backcountry adventure! Specializing in jetboating, canyoneering, rafting, gold panning, hiking, kayaking, ski trekking, snowshoeing, sled dog mushing, Iditarod and snowmobiling.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Sunnyvale, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hands down, this was the highlight of our Alaska vacation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2010

This was the best recommended tour of our entire Alaska cruise vacation. Owner Andy took us up river on the jet boat and we were overwhelmed when we came up close to the blue icebergs and the face of the glaciers. His company is one of the only ones that have permits to enter that area. Our entire extended family of eleven all agreed that this was our favorite tour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Exciting kayaking with a personal touch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

We went kayaking a couple of times in both Girdwood and Denali. We did the Girdwood trip with Alaska Backcountry and it was my favorite. First, this particular company is unique. Instead of putting in the river where the access in next to the road, the owner has used his engineering degree to develop a way to get the equipment down a rainforest trail and then pumps up the rafts in a secluded spot. You and the family can occupy yourself on the hand operated tram across the gorge while they pump up the rafts. they provided water and snacks. We did not feel like we were one of many rafts but on a private trip. You have to a few people in your party strong enough to carry a large pack with the dry suits suits for a couple of people. The river is beautiful and the ride has just the right amount of challenge. We ranged in ages of 9years to 45yrs. Guides were very friendly and knowledgable.

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College Station, Texas
1 review
“Incredible experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2010

Our family of four went on the canyoneering trip through the Crow Creek Goldmine. Our guides, Andy, Ky and Opie, were awesome and were very knowledgeable about the history of the mine and the surrounding area. After a gold-panning demonstration, we repelled and hiked through a rainforest- like area to a huge waterfall and hiked back up a dry creek bed. The scenery was absolutely incredible and unlike anything else we experienced while in Alaska. This was not your typical vacation guided tour. If you're looking for something more personal and out of the ordinary, this is the way to go. This was easily the highlight of our entire vacation, and we're looking forward to trying another of the adventures that Andy offers when we come back. The guides were personable and casual yet very professional. Our whole family HIGHLY recommends this trip!!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2010

No one can get more professional and AWESOME SUPER INCREDIBLE SERVICE!
Ever dream of seeing the true back country of Alaska?
Ever dream of going deep where there are no roads in the real wild of Alaska?
To go off the Beaten path of the unknown
Book with these guys!
I went on a deep back country winter cross-country ski. A place that has no name.
We saw things that untouchable by roads and by air.
Frozen waterfalls so beautiful and thick, glowing, in the sunlight.. Sounds of nature surrounding us. Snow falling of the trees, the moose as he uses his hoof to dig in the snow to find food, birds of many species singing to us.
The sounds of water running from under the ice in the streams near us.
To breath in air that has been untouched by pollution of man, air that refreshes your lungs and fills you with renewal of life.
To be feel increiable peace surround you,bring me back to the basics and truth of life.
No cars, no noise of people,no sirens,no stress of rush of everyday life.
To Breathe and To Live and To Feel and To Love all that surrounds me in this hidden place of beauty - there no other place like it in the world.
Please believe me your dream of Alaska will come true like mine did.

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