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“Carl Donohue and Expeditions Alaska Review”
Review of Expeditions Alaska

Expeditions Alaska
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Owner description: Guided private Alaska Day hikes and photo excursions in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and around Alaska. Expeditions Alaska offer premium custom and private Alaska photo trips and day hikes. The itinerary for these trips is flexible, tailored to your specific interest and adventure level.
Mainz, Germany
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“Carl Donohue and Expeditions Alaska Review”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Expeditions Alaska is a unique guiding company that shows you the real Alaska. I have done numerous day-hikes with this company, as well as other trips. Group size is usually limited to 5 or 6 people, which allows for a great deal of flexibility for the group. Expeditions Alaska include transportation from Anchorage to the start of the hike and back in the trip price, which is a great feature, not shared by any other guiding company operating in Wrangell-St Elias National Park that I know of.

As a long term Alaska resident, company owner and guide Carl Donohue has a wealth of knowledge about the areas on the hikes. No matter how many emails or phone calls I made to get questions answered, Carl was patient and extremely helpful. Carl's motto is "Safety First!" which I find very appealing. He goes through a thorough safety check prior to every hike (I don't always pay complete attention, but I've done more than 10 different trips with Expeditions Alaska).

I travel alone; Expeditions Alaska is a great guiding company to use if you don't have someone to travel with. It is not only safe, but great fun because the other tour members become your travel companions. I've made a number of great friends through these hikes, and often look forward to seeing them again on future trips.

The hikes themselves have a relaxed and often improvisatory nature; I find this fluid approach relaxing by contrast with more rigid schedules of other companies I've hiked with. The scenery is superb, and wildlife viewing is also generally good.

I highly recommend Expeditions Alaska. The hike descriptions on the website are very detailed and accurate. If you want a unique Alaska experience, this is the guiding company to use. In summary, I wouldn't hesitate to take another trek with Carl/Expeditions Alaska or to recommend it to anyone

Visited August 2012
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Carl D, Owner at Expeditions Alaska, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Hey Alexi

I really appreciate the review, thanks. And I've enjoyed doing so many great treks and hikes with you over the years. Lookin forward to our next one together in 2015! Travel safe.

Cheers

Carl
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Chicago, Illinois
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“An Unforgettable Experience”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

My day hike with Carl of Expeditions Alaska was one of those momentous "life events." It was such an amazing experience, I can remember nearly every detail: the fireweed swaying in the breeze, the erratic boulder we explored, the glacial moraine we crossed, and the giant moose rack we found.

When you hike with Expeditions Alaska, you hike with Carl. You hike with an expert. I watched Carl scan a sweeping vista of backcountry Alaska and see things I didn't even know to look for. I highly recommend a hike with Carl. You will laugh, you will learn, you will see amazing sights, and you'll leave with some fantastic photos and cherished memories.

Visited July 2012
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Carl D, Owner at Expeditions Alaska, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Hey Natalie

I really appreciate the review, thanks. I hope all's well with you and your family.

Cheers

Carl
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“An excellent guide in a beautiful place”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

I knew hiking in Alaska would be an adventure, but taking a day hike in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve with Expeditions Alaska was unforgettable. Carl, the guide and owner, was an excellent guide from assuring our safety and providing tips on hiking over glacial moraine to identifying plants and animals and providing insights into the area's geology and human history. Plus, he has a great sense of humor! I will definitely be back for another hike! Highly recommended!

Visited August 2012
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Wayne, New Jersey
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“Great guide who makes it fun”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I have gone on several day hikes with Carl, who is owner and guide of Expeditions Alaska. You get him and not an inexperienced guide. He knows Wrangell, St. Elias NP and he guides with your experience level in mind and just makes a great day. He is a very well rounded person who can and will talk about any subject. The more I think about the trips I went on with Carl, the more I appreciate them . I felt comfortable and safe with Carl at all times. I will be going on another trip with Carl in March and hope to do another this summer. You will finish your trip with Carl and you will say I really experienced a piece of Alaska. You cannot go wrong with Carl. You will want to return soon and do more trips with him. Have fun!!

Visited July 2012
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Akron, Ohio
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“Couldn't Ask for a Better Guide”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was my first trip to Alaska, and I wanted to take advantage of a paid guide for a photo shoot in the Wrangell-St Elias area. I was not disappointed with Carl, he was very knowledgeable with the area, the landscape photo opportunities, and much of the history of the area which added to the whole experience. He truly enhanced my visit to the area, and it was time and money well spent.

When we return to Alaska, we plan to utilize Carl again, probably for a longer trip.

Visited March 2012
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Carl D, Owner at Expeditions Alaska, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Hey Jim, thanks for posting. Much appreciated, and very kind of you. Glad you had a good trip and enjoyed your time in Alaska. I look forward to seeing you next time you're up this way. Travel safe!

Cheers

Carl
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