Welcome to the first photo from July 2009 into the North Wrangell Mountains in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Longtime guests Mark & Joan Strobel, a couple from St. Paul, MN who likes to do long and difficult backpacking trips, joined me on this incredible trip into the northern most portion of Wrangell-St. Elias NP. Not only did we explore over 80 miles of breathtaking wilderness, we also enjoyed perfect weather and conditions not uncommon in this part of Alaska! This shot was taken early in the trip, near the tundra clad mountain top where our Piper Super Cub pilot had dropped us off. The peak in the backdrop, one that dominated the southern horizon throughout our expedition, is Mt. Jarvis – 13,471′