Hey everyone! New here to the forum and looking for some advice.
I'm looking to take a trip to Alaska for a week long backpack trip to visit Richard Proenneke's cabin. I plan to take this trip myself for certain, but may possibly bring a buddy along if he deems himself crazy enough to join me. I don't plan to use a guide service as I have all my own gear from when i section hiked part of the Appalachian Trail.
My rough plan is to leave WI and fly to Anchorage AK the last Saturday in August. Ideally i would get an early flight out of WI so that i get to Anchorage early enough to get a charter flight out that afternoon and into the bush with plenty of light left to setup camp.
Has anyone specifically hiked around Dick's cabin on Upper Twin?
It would be good to have some contact's on this forum of folks i can rely specifically on for info!
Ok, on to specific questions. Any tips on how/where to get cheap charter flights?? Right now i have sticker shock. I've emailed a few places and most are coming back at $1800-$3000 round trip to go from Anchorage to Turquoise Lake. Now this is for the entire plane, so if my buddy goes we split the price, but if i go solo, $1800 is alot of cash for a 1hr flight (there and back for the pilot on both trips totals 4hrs).
As i said above, my plan is Turquoise Lake to Upper Twin over the course of a week. Based on my reading of available guide led trips, this should be plenty of time. Anyone have any input? Are there any recommendations of different starting points that would offer a more scenic or ideal hike? The reason i picked Turquoise is because that was a common hike Dick would take as described in his journals when he went on his photo shoots for wildlife.
I have a conceal and carry permit for WI. Does Alaska allow you to pack heat for protection from the wildlife, or is bear spray my only option?
I have more questions, but i'll start with these for now.
Thanks in advance and i look forward to reading all the info on this site!!