Prep Like a Pro
Tackle the country’s biggest national park with tips from a mountain guide.
EVERYTHING IS bigger in Alaska: Wrangell-St. Elias (left) is the largest national park in the country, almost six times the size of Yellowstone. Even Sarah Ebright, who guides full-time for St. Elias Alpine Guides, hasn’t cracked a double-digit percentage of exploration after five years of working there. She figures she’s seen about 5 percent of the park, and calls that a high estimate. Why so tough to explore? In most places, you have to drop into the trailless backcountry by plane, and then jagged alpine passes and snow-draped volcanoes make for slow going. “I love that feeling of being so little,” Ebright says. “You look around and the mountains just keep going, as far as you can see. You feel like a tiny speck on the surface of the Earth.”
SARAH EBRIGHT St. Elias Alpine Guides Operations Manager