25 years of awards, accolades, and earned media!
Travel writer Larry Bleiberg recounts his custom group trip into the Arctic with Alaska Alpine Adventures.
Lake Clark National Park should be on your bucket list too!
The main reason we’re picking Alaska Alpine Adventures is founder Dan Oberlatz. The restless 46-year-old uses his company as an excuse for his guides to explore the remotest, most beautiful, baddest-assed expanses of the country’s wildest state. When you sign up as a “client” on AAA’s trips, you’re less of a customer and more of a joint participant. In 2007, a few guests itching for something new found a 55-mile route through the rugged Neacola Mountains in Lake Clark National Park. Last year, Oberlatz helped another pair of longtime regulars blaze a 100-mile backpacking route into the 19 million–acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Plus, Oberlatz is an all-around great guy—send him a bottle of fine bourbon and he’ll give you all the beta you need for your own adventure.
In 2013, owner Dan Oberlatz guided writer Christopher Solomon & photographer Gabe Rogel across the Alaska Peninsula and through the wild and remote Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve. They backpacked from the village of Port Heiden, located on the windswept Bering Sea coastline, up and over the caldera rim, and into the surreal confines of the largest volcanic caldera of its kind in Alaska. They camped along the shores of Surprise Lake, hiked the caldera rim, and basked in the solitude granted to the rare few who step foot in the least visited National Park unit in the nation. Their trip was featured in the May 2014 issue of Outside Magazine, and subsequently Christopher was interviewed on NPR and on Rick Steves’ nationally syndicated radio show in June of 2014.
Check out the November 2012 issue of Backcountry Magazine for a great article on our Ski to Sea Prince William Sound Ski Cruise. “Alaska Alpine Adventures teamed up with Captain Dean Rand of Discovery Voyages to offer the country’s first yacht-accessed backcountry skiing experience.”
Ski Denali – Denali National Park
Real Guys, Epic Adventures
In May of 2011, Dan and longtime friend and client, Mark Stevens were recognized in Men’s Journal for their decade of backpacking adventures in Alaska. Mark’s adventures to the Alaska wilderness have evolved into an annual pilgrimage to experience Alaska on it’s terms, travel with a close friend, and to satisfy a thirst for adventure that only Alaska can quench.
As a follow up to our inclusion in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”, the magazine is calling out to readers to share their stories of their Best Guides. “You can’t have a good tour without a good guide, so we’re putting a call out to our readers to tell us about the best guide they’ve ever had. Be sure to tell us what made him or her so special.” We are honored that they have chosen our photo in the blog post, and to have had our Twin Lakes Paddle trip included as one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime”.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine has recognized Alaska Alpine Adventure’s Twin Lakes Paddle trip as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime! The Twin Lakes Paddle is one of our signature trips, and one that we feel represents the epitome of wilderness travel in Alaska. The supreme wilderness of Twin Lakes, located in the heart of Lake Clark National Park, is a wonderland of crystalline waters set beneath a rugged rim of mountains and vast tundra expanses. It’s home to countless species of wildlife, and the legacy of Dick Proenneke – the conservationist featured in the popular PBS documentary, Alone in the Wilderness.
Cruise ships and wildlife buses? The tourist staples miss the point of Alaska: It’s the last real place to find an epic, crowd-free adventure on American soil. We’ve scoured the state for the best wilderness lodges, river trips, lonely highways, and DIY escapes. Bear mace not included.
Charley River – Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve
If industrial pollution degrades the Lake Clark area’s vast watershed, Oberlatz believes a domino effect could claim animals, plants, fish—and the businesses and people that depend on each. “There aren’t any examples around the world where a large open-pit mine and a vibrant tourism industry coexist,” he says. “It’s never been done.”
Seeking Adventure? Look No Further.
“I’m living my dream,” he added. Oberlatz is not the sort of guy to measure his own success against stacks of hundred dollar bills – he’s more a pursuit of happiness kind of guy. “We want to grow it slowly and live our lifestyle,” he said. “We help people see a great place in a great way.”
What Men Want 2007 – America’s Best
TURQUOISE TO TWIN TRAVERSE – Lake Clark National Park, AK. With two active volcanoes and a healthy wildlife population, Lake Clark National Park is quintessential frontier Alaska. You’ll need a bush plane drop-off and at least a week to trek from Turquoise Lake to Twin Lakes or hire Alaska Alpine Adventures to guide you.
Alaska – Are You Read? Stony River Loop, Revelation Mountains
Despite being mere state land, the Revelation Mountain between Lake clark and Denali National Parks are filled with unnamed peaks far more jagged and glacier-clad than anything in the Sierra or Cascades.