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Alaska Fly-In: Ultima Thule
Ski summer powder, fly-fish with the grizzlies, or hike until you (almost) get lost.


Photo: Exploring Wrangell-St.Elias by plane.
Exploring Wrangell-St.Elias by plane.

At remote Ultima Thule lodge (www.ultimathulelodge.com), in the middle of the Wrangell—St. Elias National Park and Preserve, top bush pilots stand at the ready to transport you via Cessna, Twin Otter, or Super Cub to the farthest reaches of the park's glacier-clad terrain ($1,000 a day, including meals, lodging, and flights). Choice day trips include skiing the summer powder of an unnamed peak, running the Class V rapids of the Tana River, and fly-fishing in Moose Valley, where a grizzly or two might join you for the salmon run. Or you can do a three-day hike through tundra, forest, and wetland that starts on the knife-edged McColl Ridge. At the end, your winged chariot will descend from the sky and whisk you back to the lodge, just in time for a predinner shower.

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Photograph by Tom Evans/Alaskastock


Additional Excerpts
From the print edition, August 2005

• Instant Alaska: Four explorer-worthy fly-in trips.
Hell-Bent for the Arctic: Emerging Explorer Kira Salak takes the ultimate Alaska bike trip
The Map of Us All: Geneticist Spencer Wells's plan to use DNA clues to retrace the origin of humankind
Stalking One Very Cool Cat: Writer Paul Kvinta searches for snow leopards in India
There & Back: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs summits Annapurna
Pelton's World: Our man on the scene explains why he travels alone


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