Friday, November 20, 2009

Gear Review - Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover

The other day we received a couple of Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover's in the mail. Purchasing the jackets was a knee jerk reaction to an email that I received from Patagonia, claiming a ridiculous warmth to weight ratio. Why not check it out, as I have loved all of my Patagonia pieces over the years. The verdict: Awesome. The packability, the weight and the warmth all have lived up to their claims. I think my gucci down pullover is getting jealous!

Here are the spec from


  • Versatile 60-gram PrimaLoft® One polyester insulation provides excellent warmth and compressibility
  • Ultralight face fabric sheds water and blocks wind
  • Deep center-front zipper allows for easy ventilation
  • Stuffs into a self-storage left chest pocket
  • Elasticized cuff and hem seal out wind and trap warmth
  • Shell and lining: 1-oz 15-denier 100% all-recycled polyester with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 60-g PrimaLoft® One. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • 266 g (9.4 oz)
Check out this review Backpacker Magazine, it sounds like their testers liked it as much as we do.

The Thinkery - Working hard on our new website!

Here in the Anchorage office of Alaska Alpine Adventures, we are working hard with the great folks at The Thinkery to develop a brand new website. Our goal - to build a website that is easy to navigate and full of amazing hiking, backpacking, rafting, and kayaking images and helpful information - is close to coming to fruition. Stay Tuned and check often!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Andrew Skurka - BIG Plans

I've been following Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick for some time now, and have always had a HUGE amount of respect for these guys. Their trips are visionary, their motives are pure, and their style is impeccably simple. Andrew Skurka is following their lead as he prepares for an incredible journey in 2010. Believe me, this trip is NUTS, and we will be following Andrew as he attempts this endeavor. To complete a trip like this, one needs a strong will, incredible fitness, and a remarkable ability to truly suffer. Skiing through Alaska's interior in March - Andrew will suffer. And then he needs to complete the rest of the route! Whoa guy...good luck.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Joe Stock Get's a Mention on

As many of you know, IFMGA Guide Joe Stock has been doing some pretty amazing ski-mountaineering trips in Alaska over the past 10-years. Here, legendary skier Andrew McLean give's props to Joe and some of the visionary trips he's leading. We're proud to have Joe on the AAA Team!

Check out the interview on!

Alaska Photo of the Month - NOVEMBER

©Dan Oberlatz

Welcome to photo #2 from our June, 2009 adventure into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

On this trip we climbed the highest peak in the Brooks Range - Mt. Chamberlin - and rafted out the Hulahula River to the village of Kaktovik.

This shot was taken even higher than last month's photo above the Hulahula River - on our summit attempt of Mt. Chamberlin. Here, with the false north summit of the mountain dominating the backdrop, our group hikes a shale bound spur of the north ridge at approximately 7000'. We would eventually make it to the north ridge proper, and climb the snowy ramp pictured on the right horizon. It was an incredible day!

The views and vistas in the Arctic are like no where else on earth, and when you combine incredible solitude, 24 hours of summer sunlight, and diverse flora and fauna, it's easy to realize why a hiking and rafting (or even climbing!!!) trip to the Refuge is certainly one to put at the top of the life list!

As you begin to consider your vacation plans for 2010, Alaska is looking like the solid choice!

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Dan Oberlatz
Alaska Alpine Adventures, LLC

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

AAA in Vogue Magazine.

So here you go folks! Get this - Vogue Magazine is featuring Alaska Alpine Adventures in an online article that came out yesterday. While the preponderance of Vogue Magazine readers may not necessarily get a kick out of adventure travel, I'm sure that at least one or two of the nearly 2 million readers might!

I think what's most important about this piece is that they single out the threat to Bristol Bay from future industrial strip mining!

Monday, November 2, 2009

IFMGA Certified - Joe Stock

Joe Stock joined the Alaska Alpine Adventures team in 2008 when he co-led a 14-day ski mountaineering adventure into the Neacola Mountains. Having recently completed the first ski traverse of the Neacolas, it was obvious that Joe's passion for this obscure sub-range of the Aleutian Range was as great as ours.

Joe recently completed the final portion of his American Mountain Guide Association certification, and now is officially IFMGA Certified. Here is the description of IFMGA certified from the AMGA website:

IFMGA Mountain Guide status is awarded to guides certified as Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guides. IFMGA Mountain Guides can guide on any climbing or skiing terrain without limitation."

We look forward to exploring the Alaska wilderness with Joe, as well as hearing his stories from exploits on mountains all over the world.

Congratulations Joe!