WRANGELL ST ELIAS SUBSISTENCE RESOURCE COMMISSION TO MEET IN CHISTOCHINA
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Chistochina Community Hall on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. More »
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS TO CLOSE HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER FOR THE WINTER
Copper Center, AK – The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will be closed for the winter beginning November 1. More »
Seven Pass Route Patrol
July 23, 2011
I just returned from a patrol that went from Iceberg Lake to Bremner. This is a route that seems to be increasing in popularity each season. We encountered several parties along this route including one group that had already been in the backcountry for 30 days!
This route is popular because of the incredible views along the way. However, with popularity comes impacts. This route passes through several areas that are very sensitive to human impacts and we found litter, social trails starting to develop and impacted campsites. If you are going to hike this route (or any other popular route) remember to practice Leave No Trace principles. Please pack out all your trash and don't camp in areas where it looks like others recently camped. We also ran into several food habituated ground squirrels. Feeding wildlife makes it more difficult for them to survive the harsh winters and makes the squirrels much more likely to chew on your tent or backpack in search of a snack. Please do not feed any of the wildlife.
The weather has been outstanding the last few days. Sunny days mean the rivers rise with glacial melt so keep that in mind if you're planning a trip.
Here are a few photos from our patrol.
Post A Comment
Did You Know?
Arctic Ground Squirrels have the most unusual hibernation among mammals. During winter hibernation their body temperature plummets to negative 3 degrees Celsius and then every two to three weeks they shiver to warm themselves back up to normal mammalian temperature (37 degrees Celsius).