Obligated to road or established trail, a person can engage with only a small part of this park. The other 12.9999999 million acres is only accessed through dedicated backpacking trips, flightseeing, and base-camping. The images in the following gallery are from a base-camping trip taken a few weeks ago in the Chugach Ranch.
On a Wednesday morning my coworker Matt and I were flown out to the Steamboat hills area of the Chugach Range. Before leaving for the trip, an experienced backcountry guy in town advised me, “Appreciate the moment when the plane lifts off, and you are left standing there in the wind, surrounded by nothing but the wilderness.” I held this idea in mind as the small Cesna 185 Skywagon lifted off of the rocky airstrip into the distance, not to be seen again for three days. These pictures are from the three pristine days spent camping and hiking the surrounding ridgelines and lakes.
Just for fun and nostalgia’s sake, I’ve “vintaged” the images. Click below for images of Matt Perched Stoically Amongst Dramatic Backdrops, or Stark Images of Yellow Tent Isolated Against Dramatic Backdop. Cheers.