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“To Meares Glacier, up close”

Anadyr Adventures Day Trips
Ranked #4 of 17 Tours in Valdez
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Half day to 7 day wilderness kayaking expeditions departing from Valdez Alaska. Glacier kayaking at it's finest with small group sizes and naturalist trained guides.
Reviewed July 8, 2012

An excellent trip for 4 oldies. We did a 7 day kayak trip with an expert guide, Liz, starting close to the Meares glacier. We even got to walk the last 400 yards to the glacial head. 50% sun and 50% rain and cloud seems the norm for Alaska. Food was wonderfully prepared by guv'nor Liz and she worked hard serving 3 cooked meals per day. Lots of fresh fish to eat but we couldn't catch any ourselves. Kayaks are roomy, comfortable and dry under the sprayskirts, but watch out-- they are heavy. When rainy or buggy we had a screen tent and heavy duty tarpaulin. Loads to see, ie whales, sealions and sea otters plus of course the eagles. For me, this was the highlight of our trip to Alaska.

Thank peterharland
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

It seems that the main thing that possibly sets apart the two kayaking companies (Pangaea and Anadyr) from one another are the people that work there. I cannot speak for Pangaea's staff, but Anadyr's staff seemed terrific. My girlfriend and I booked the day before (June 9th) and Anadyr were more than happy to fit us in when Pangaea could not. They provided us with everything we needed and more. All of the tour guides seemed great, we were fortunate enough to get Adrianne (pronounced Awe-drianne). She was extremely knowledgeable and did her very best to suit her group even though the weather was sub-par. Although the website does state that lunch is not provided, she had plenty of snacks to share and even warm drinks in a thermos for everyone as well. This doesn't mean to not bother making a lunch of course! Adrianne also had warm clothes stowed away for those who did not prepare as well as they should have (including us). We saw a good amount of wildlife (no whales this time), but could not get too close to the actual glacier due to the weather causing too much ice to pass further. This, of course, did not stop Adrianne from trying her best to carve a path out of the ice to travel as close as possible. The weather we had was very unlucky, though, and should not happen to most who do this. I recommend this trip because it was very fun even with the poor weather, and it was entirely thanks to Adrianne and the rest of the staff.

1  Thank CitizenSnips504
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I went on a four-day kayaking trip around Columbia Glacier with eight of my friends. The three Anadyr guides (Liz, Heather, and Jonathan) were super helpful, friendly, and knowledgable. Our group was most excited about wildlife, and we weren't disappointed -- sea lions (a whole lot of them), otters, bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises, whales, and even mountain goats (during the boat ride back home). We also spent a few hours paddling around the ice coming off of Columbia Glacier, getting to see a few icebergs calve up close (but still a safe distance away). Our group has gone backpacking many times, but we had little paddling experience, so having people around to help us with the equipment, give tips on paddling efficiently, and pay attention to the tides made it a great trip. Having a hot meal cooked and cleaned up for us three times a day was a total luxury. We all had a great time and would highly recommend Anadyr.

1  Thank Jen S
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

My friend and I did a 2 day overnight kayak tour to shoup glacier this year with the guide Peter. It was amazing! The weather was initially rainy but then became sunny and beautiful. Our guide was very helpful and informed. He taught us quite a bit about kayaking, camping, and alaskan nature/wildlife. He really took good care of us and an amazing cook ( we even got recipes from him). Shoup glacier is relatively stable so we were able to get up close to its face as opposed to columbia glacier. I highly recommend this trip for the full alaskan experience. Definitely the highlight of the trip!

Thank jmjksd
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Every year since college, our chaotic large group (about 10 people) goes on a major weeklong backpacking or hiking trip somewhere in the continental US. For our tenth trip, we decided to go big and as one part of it, we found Anadyr Adventures for their four day Glacier Island/Columbia Glacier tour. This is our first trip sea kayaking although most of us have basic paddling experience and our first trip with guides so we communicated with them a lot beforehand by email and phone, every question was answered completely and well. We were a little apprehensive about whether the guides would be too summer-camp-counselor-y and we were a little concerned about the weather because we saw rain in the forecast (apparently there is always rain in the Alaska weather forecast :) ).

Wow, wow, wow, though. Our concerns were addressed completely by having fun, interactive, and really educated guides (one of them gave us a little lesson about the geology of glaciers which was great) and being outfitted in really good equipment, rain gear and boots and agile tandem kayaks. Our guides busted their butts every night and morning setting up hot meals for us and helping with our boats. All day every day they were a good safe presence, keeping us in more or less a group but suggesting fun places to go under a waterfall or leading us through a pod of sea lions who swam around our boats and had a conversation. We saw bald eagles and whales and a million otters and seals, and I have never seen an iceberg calve at such short range!!! Will definitely do again, this trip made my year.

1  Thank elidorelidor
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