We ran it in 2012 after spending 9 years on the waitlist - It didn't have to be that long, but that's when we were ready to pull the trip together.
Logistics were complicated, to say the least. We flew into Juneau, then took the ferry (3 hrs?) up to Haines, where our outfitter was located. We used Stan Bohr / Alaska River Outfitters, and I couldn't have been happier. Boats were in good condition, and he was very helpful getting us setup for put in. Stan drove us up to the putin, about 2 hours or so from Haines.
There were some class III rapids the first day, but nothing too unmanageable. The tat is a shallow, glacial fed, river with lots of side channels. Finding the right channel to get to a specific camp is challenging, and we spent a lot of time pushing boats through shallow channels.
The confluence area with the Alsek is incredible - amazing views in every direction. A bit further down, Walker Glacier is a fun hike onto a very active glacier. Alsek Lake was something else - it's an amazing experience to float around amongst icebergs.
Like most things on this trip, the takeout is complicated. The Dry Bay airstrip is about a half a mile from the river. Because of post-glacial rebound
, the side channel that runs next to the airstrip is drying up and is not really floatable except at the highest flows - I have heard of people rowing it upriver from the downstream side of the channel, but no one really recommended that approach. We ended up hiring someone at the takeout to haul our gear to the airstrip on an ATV - it wasn't cheap, but it beats the alternative.
We hired Yakutat coastal airlines and their big turbine Otter to fly a few of us and our gear back to Haines. The flight from Dry Bay to Haines nearly surpassed the trip itself - it was incredible. After dropping our gear back off with Stan in Haines, we flew back to Dry Bay, picked up the rest of our group, and flew the short distance back to the Yakutat airport. From there, we caught the Alaska Airlines jet back home.
All in all, although the logistics were complicated, and it wasn't cheap, it was a great trip.
Here's some photos of the trip: https://goo.gl/photos/qdfzDD9UAyAFphpK9