Alaska was a revelation for me! It was a place where there was vast areas of pure wilderness. What you were allowed to do was only limited by how strong your legs or back was. I loved the freedom to go and kill yourself doing something dangerous without having to ask any ones permission to do so! The first place we traveled to was Denali.
1/13 : One takes a fantastic train ride through the wilderness in order to get to Denali.
2/13 : At Denali HQ we were at the beginning of our backpacking adventure.
3/13 : Denali is the largest mountain in North America.
4/13 : Two days after leaving Ancorage we found ourselves hiking through spectacular wilderness scenery.
5/13 : We set up camp on a remote ridge and glassed our surroundings for wildlife
6/13 : We unwittingly had several close encounters with blonde grizzly bears.
7/13 : We were also very lucky to find wolves on a kill they had made the previous day.
8/13 : Meals were complicated because of bears. The round containers are bear proof and you have to eat 100 yards from where you store that.
9/13 : We could see a storm was building on one side of the ridge, and then we bumped into some young Dall Sheep.
10/13 : The storm quickly blew over the ridge and then engulfed us.
11/13 : That night it snowed! The next morning we crawled out to find ourselves in a very different environment.
12/13 : Suddenly it wasn't fun any more. Cooking in the open was a bitterly cold and uncomfortable experience.
13/13 : After 3 weeks camped on a remote ridge we decided we needed to get back to somewhere warm and with a shower.