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Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures

Date: 1/05/2023

Dear Friends,

2023 is a monumental year for Alaska Alpine Adventures – it’s our 25th season operating authentic wilderness adventures in Alaska!  Like I wrote when my older daughter flew off to college, within me there appears to be a battle raging between sentiments of “…just like that.” and “…it’s about time!”  I think it’s safe to call this adventure in business for me a full-blown career!  I think it’s also safe to say that we’re just getting started.

I want to offer a humble thanks to all those who’ve traveled with us over the past 24 years!  Because of you, we’ve been able to explore some of most remote and untouched wilderness areas on the planet. We’ve hiked, climbed, skied, rafted, kayaked, backpacked across the breadth and width of our nation’s largest state.  We’ve pushed physical and emotional boundaries.  We’ve challenged one another, and ourselves.  We’ve laughed together and we’ve cried together.  But most importantly, we’ve had the rare privilege of experiencing Alaska in a way that most never have, and few ever will.  I thank you for helping to bring our original vision for Alaska Alpine Adventures to fruition, and as we move into the 2023 season , I look forward to keeping this Alaska dream alive and helping you bring your Alaska dream to fruition.

Whether this is your first trip with us, or your 15th, there’s a reason that you choose to travel with AAA.  While we’d like to think that it’s our award-winning, all-inclusive itineraries, our surprisingly delicious backcountry cuisine, our seasoned guides, and our commitment to sustainable travel and environmental excellence, a trip with AAA is actually a far more personal experience!  I’ve described it this way, “When I find myself within the vast landscapes of Alaska’s wilderness, I undergo a physical and emotional transformation; as if the experience of being immersed in the wilds is the catalyst that reunites my body with my soul.”  My hope is that choosing to travel with Alaska Alpine Adventures will help you find similar inspiration.

Alaska Alpine Adventures has built an international reputation as Alaska’s premier small-group pure Adventure Travel Company, guiding in Alaska’s great parks.  Exploring Alaska’s national parks and wildlife refuges is our passion, and that passion is reflected in each adventure trip we lead.

So enjoy with us our 25th season!  Our hope is that the imagery* and stories you see here on our website will not only inspire you to take a trip with us, but will also compel you to help us protect the last great American wilderness that is Alaska

As your guides to Alaska's national parks and wildlife refuges here's how 2023 is shaping up:

Private Guided Alaska Tours

One of our specialties is guiding custom group tours and private family adventures throughout Alaska’s great parks. Our award winning trips offer our guests the opportunity to completely experience the Last Frontier in a small-group away from the crowds. Contact us for custom options for family hiking, camping , and private and customized adventures to some of Alaska’s most spectacular wilderness areas.

Guided Wilderness Trips

Since 1998, Alaska Alpine Adventures has built a reputation as one of Alaska’s premier wilderness outfitters. Offering backpacking trips, guided kayaking and hiking tours, river trips, basecamp hiking adventures, and custom adventures, our guides are comfortable in Alaska’s biggest and most remote mountain ranges. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark, Katmai, ANWR, Kenai Fjords and Gates of the Arctic all the way to Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, we have guided successful expeditions throughout Alaska for over two-decades.

Best Adventures,
Dan Oberlatz – Owner/Senior Guide

* All photos on this website were taken on actual Alaska Alpine Adventures!

Our Company

Alaska Alpine Adventures was conceptualized during many seasons of exploration throughout Lake Clark National Park by founders Dan Oberlatz and Derek Nelson. During this time, we held odd jobs and lived a life focused on climbing, skiing, and hiking as much of Lake Clark as we could possibly afford. Work simply meant the means to pay for our next flight into the wilderness, and time spent in the wild was the currency we preferred to earn. From first ascents and descents of remote peaks of the Alaska and Aleutian mountain ranges, to extended backpacking trips and speed hikes, our lives were rich with Alaska experience and the lifestyle felt wealthy. Our explorations fostered a profound appreciation and respect for the Alaska wilderness, a remarkable skill-set, and a passion for pure wilderness travel. Furthermore, our collection of experiences became the seed for Alaska Alpine Adventures, which became a reality in 1998.

Since our early days on Lake Clark, it is the blend of “what we do” and “who we are” that has made AAA. We are quite simply a group of explorers and naturalists sharing with our guests the incredible beauty of Alaska – The Great Land. Our goal and passion is to give our guests the opportunity to experience, through pure Adventure Travel, the exhilaration, the wonder, the grandeur, and the solitude of Alaska’s magnificent national parks and wildlife refuges.

As guides, however, we are more than simply leaders into the areas we venture. Throughout the Alaska Alpine Adventures’ experience, we endeavor not only to share these amazing landscapes on foot, raft, or kayak, but also to help our guests develop a sense of commitment to and appreciation for the vast public lands we visit. We strive to be good stewards of the truly wild and intact ecosystems we explore, and are committed to educating ourselves and others to respect and protect the wilderness areas that make these wonderful adventure tourism experiences possible.

Because we promote the exploratory component of our expeditions, we tend to attract visitors thirsty to explore and experience “real” Alaska – rather than those looking to simply check a box. We believe that this is also due in large part to the fact that we project conservation ethicscultural awareness, and environmental commitment throughout all aspects of our enterprise.

Our impressive collection of experiences represents not only our history, but also the blueprint for the future of Alaska Alpine Adventures. When you choose to travel with us, you can rest assured that your trip has been meticulously planned and executed by real Alaskans with authentic Alaska know-how, skill, and ability. Welcome to the Alaska Alpine Adventures’ family!

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