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By Joni Renee
May 21, 2014
Who has been to Alaska? I'm interested in going there in July. I want to rock climb, fish for salmon, see some glaciers, etc. What else is there to do? Any info is helpful.

...Anyone else planning a trip and wants to meet up and climb?

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By Mydans
May 21, 2014
My wife and I got flown into Little Switzerland (Pika Glacier) in Denali National park last July. We camped on the glacier did a couple alpine rock climbs and played around on the glaciers. It was a rad trip. look up little switzerland and the pika glacier and you should find some decent beta. There is also a couple topos in the supertopos alaska guidebook. We did a couple of long 5.8's Contact Talkeetna Air taxi for flight info. They were super cool and took great care of us. We also rented a sat phone in anchorage in case of emergency but only used it to call the plane for a ride out. We also went to Seward and played around on the exit glacier. Alaska was awesome hope the info helps and have fun.

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By Lauren D. Hollingsworth
From Colorado Springs, CO
May 22, 2014
Bouldering at Independence Pass
Hatcher's Pass! It's a beautiful place with bouldering and trad, free camping. Do it backpack style or car camp. 4wd may be necessary.

Summer ice climbing on the Matanuska Glacier. Get flown out to the Ruth Gorge with climbing and camping gear for a serious adventure.

Fish, catch, cook & eat right there at your favorite stream. You can do that pretty much anywhere.

The best sport climbing is a few hours north of Anchorage. There should be info here or ask at Alaska Rock Gym. Don't go to Alaska expecting good sport climbing.

Eat amazing family run Italian food at Villa Nova in Anchorage. Trust me, best real Italian food outside Italy. Be prepared to wait as they cook your dish to order.

Beer and pizza at Mooses Tooth is a classic local thing to do in Anchorage.

Don't expect to see Denali, if you plan a day to go up there, it will likely be cloudy that day.

Hike flattop mountain. Everyone does it. Or hike The Ramp or North Suicide peak. Fewer people do those. Pick up the Chucagh topo map before you go. McHugh is also a nice hike.

Go to Homer and rent a sea kayak and explore the coast. There are huts for accommodation, I'm not sure who to ask about that.

If you can't make it to Homer, at least head that way down the highway and raft 6mile. You should be able to search the inter webs for 'raft 6mile near Anchorage' and outfitters will pop up.

That should keep you busy for at least a ten day trip!

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By Jon Miller on the WS
May 22, 2014
Falafel King in Anchorage. Best. Falafel. Ever. The baklava is pretty damn good as well.

Oh yeah, the mountains are pretty okay too. . .

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By Joni Renee
Jun 1, 2014
Don't exaggerate, Jon. The Falafels at "Falafel King" in Boulder is awesome and gluten free.

Also, I've been to Israel half a dozen times. Can't possibly be better than in Alaska.

But: there is only one way to find out.

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By Andrew Gram
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From Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 2, 2014
Andrew Gram
You'd have to work hard to put gluten in falafel. BPA free too! probably other buzzwords as well.

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By Jon Miller on the WS
Jun 2, 2014
Joni Renee wrote:
Don't exaggerate, Jon. The Falafels at "Falafel King" in Boulder is awesome and gluten free. Also, I've been to Israel half a dozen times. Can't possibly be better than in Alaska. But: there is only one way to find out.


Totally unrelated to the Boulder restaurant. It is run by a little old lady and her husband from Israel. They moved to anchorage during the Infada because "they heard it was quite." It's like walking in a shop in Jerusalem.

The skiing on Hatcher Pass is good too....

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By jeremy ward
From las vegas, nevada
Jun 2, 2014
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Joni Renee wrote:
Who has been to Alaska? I'm interested in going there in July. I want to rock climb, fish for salmon, see some glaciers, etc. What else is there to do? Any info is helpful. ...Anyone else planning a trip and wants to meet up and climb?




Rock climb - above already touched on it, but Hatcher's Pass is your best bet - pretty damn good single pitch and bouldering..no crowds, free camping, world class scenery, etc.

Salmon fishing - July is prime time on the kenai/SC Alaska for salmon fishing with reds running fist/silvers following. You can go bring a rig for 10-15 lbs fish or just go to cabelas/sportsmans warehouse with about $150 and they'll give you everything you need for a to run the rivers along with beta on which rivers/tides/etc.

Glaciers! Plenty to see and easily from the road/short hike. A couple of the most obvious and easiest from Anchorage are the Matanuska and Portage. You can easily drive and hike to either w/in two hours to trek, ice climb, sit back and gaze at, etc.

As far as other ideas (the above are great and you could spend weeks on) have you thought about just backpacking or incorporating a couple days into your trip? Amazing trails/tons of world class trekking up here - look up Crow Pass Trail, Resurrection Pass, Kesugi Ridge, endless miles in Denali/GOTA/wrangle-st elias..just to name a few. The later NPs deserve a few trips in their own right but one of the first couple could be added to make for a kick ass AK trip.

Send me a pm if you need any specific details. Cheers!

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By Joni Renee
Jun 6, 2014
Thanks, Jon and Jeremy!!

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