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"The Confluence"  Great Alaska Adventure Lodge Adventure News

2012 Report from the Field

CapriceBear Viewing  -  2012 was a fantastic year at BearCamp.  After losing Wayne last winter we were all bit anxious about how the season would go, but record numbers of bears joined a record numbers of guests in enjoying a very stable weather pattern overall and an awesome season of bear viewing and wilderness adventure.   Movies were shot from the camp (look for future newsletters for links to the finished product), guests returned with stories and photos that will last a lifetime and even the staff enjoyed a one of a kind summer.  Cathy Hart again brought her Anchorage photo group to the camp for three days of bear viewing (although Cathy was too busy to make it this year!)

Scenic and Whitewater rafting  -  Rafting was again a popular activity for Great Alaska guests.  3 separate rafting destinations made for varied group of options for the rafters in 2012.  As always, 6 mile canyon provided some amazing thrills and even some spills for class 4 and even 5 whitewater 6 mile raftingenthusiasts.  There was a little swimming at times but most of the guests made it to the end of the float still in the raft!  Bald Eagle floats were again a big hit, with 22 eagles and 14 nests being spotted on a single float.  In addition, seeing the snow capped peaks of the Chugach range, feeding moose and Bear, Willow ptarmigan and Harlequin ducks were all daily of course tens of thousands of spawning salmon. On our scenic floats we use our custom 20 foot Willy boat Mackenzie river drift boats- perfect for shooting images, dry storage for your camera gear and comfortable high- back bucket seats for your back!


Chugach Mt. HikingOne of our most popular activities, guided hiking offers tons of options from mild to wild.  Our number one trip is Russian River falls- an easy, 2 1/2 mile round trip walk that ends at a raised platform over the Russian river. The draw, besides the beautiful terrain and relaxed hike is the swarm of Sockeye Salmon jumping up the falls towards their spawning grounds around upper Russian Lake.  For those who like to perspire on their hikes, we have a number of great options- Skyline Trail is a class 4 pitch that ends with an inedible view of the Chugach Mountains and both sides of Cook Inlet.  Along the way you'll definitely feel it, though!  Another one of our more popular trips is the Harding Ice field Trail.  Between 7 and 8 miles total length, with breathtaking views of Resurrection Bay, Seward and Beyond rewarding those who burn the calories necessary to reach the top!  In addition to the most popular ones, our Kenai River Trail, Bear Mountain Trail and Skilak Lookout trail are all very popular.

Kenai Fjords Glacier and Wildlife Cruising - is once again, along with BearCamp, our #1 'Add on" to sport fishing and combination itineraries.  The number one day cruise in Alaska, it has been providing glaciers, incredible scenery and of course wildlife aplenty for decades.  Few places in Alaska allow you to sample what the truly remote marine environment offers without having to spend multiple days getting there and back.  If you'd like to add a day cruise to your fishing experience next year, just let us know when you book your trip. 

Weather was consistent and we have a large number of resident Orca sightings, as well as the Transient Orcas, Minke, Humpback and Beluga whales plus of course Brown and Black bear, Mountain Goats, Dall Sheep, Dall and Golden Eagles, and more.  Sea Otter, Puffin and rookeries teeming with shore birds are a daily sighting.  If you enjoyed Kenai Fjords with us this year, thanks so much!  

Alaska Mountain BikingAlaska Mountain Biking is only on a few of our more active trips...the Kenai Multi Sport and wilderness Safaris.  We also customize some larger groups to included it on adventure travel itineraries or even straight fishing itineraries.  Our mountain biking is single track, overall moderate biking and perfect for anyone who wants to experience what wilderness mountain biking is all about.

Well that is it for the 2012 Great Alaska Adventure Lodge "Report from the Field".  Come join us next year to be a part of the story!    Kent