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Old 07-03-2008   #1
 
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looing for photos of turnback canyon, and other photos of the area. I have seen a lot, but havn't found any of turn back, helo-portage, or from river level. For these style trips, is it common to rent gear, or are people bringing in private rigs? seems like a alsek trip could easily run 3K per head. any thoughts?

It has become apperant that my days of 4-10 day trips are going to be limited for some time, and looking at the more "epic" expedition style trips.
2-4 week trips in both N, and S. america,

I will probably only be making one BIG trip a year, and looking to make them worth the wait.

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you need the alaska whitewater book for sure
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just did a search for alsek, and a boater from Sante fe, just went that way it looks like.

his estimated charge per head was 1200-1500, thats sounds incredibly cheap for that trip. I wonder what that included? Hmm
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BTW, is that tim johnsons book? or something else? just googled, and that seems kayaker oriented. Tat, or alsek wasn't even mentioned.

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This one is for kayakers and rafters:

Amazon.com: Fast & Cold: Andrew Embick: Books
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Amazon Online Reader : Fast & Cold

go there. great book
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that will work, thanks. that other book seems to have added a few, and updated some info, but the book you listed will be great for some planning.

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Found some information on the Alsek and Tat in World Whitewater by Jim Cassady and Dan Dunlap. Only mention of turnback canyon is that it is V+ and VI, and a hardcore portage around the thing...no description of actually running it. They do describe both the Tat and the rest of the Alsek...no pics though.
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did a little research and the helo portage thru turnback was 1200 per hr in 2002., its only about a fifteen minut flight, but connecting the gear nets, and loading gear would burn some of that time.

I would imagine, my gear would be ready to go when the pilot arrived
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I did the Tatshenshini two summers ago. It was an incredible trip, and I hear the Alsek is a touch better. Tat is way cheaper because of the lack of heli-portage, and I highly recommend it. The two runs share about 50-60 miles, as they confluence part way down.

I'd recommend renting most of the gear from an outfitter up there. I forgot the name of the outfitter we used, but they rented us four rafts and prepped all of our food. We just had to get ourselves to Haines. The outfitter even drove our shuttle. If I remember correctly it was about $1200/person including the flight up there.
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