Alaska Backcountry Consulting provides local, expert advice for independent travelers to Alaska's backcountry. As an alternative to expensive guiding services, we sell custom Backcountry Plans for travelers who have the necessary experience to lead their own backcountry trips but lack the local, professional knowledge that is normally only offered with a guide.
Our lead backcountry planner prepares all backcountry plans and has recreated in the backcountry of Alaska for 20 years and conducted field research throughout much of Alaska's backcountry in the fields of wildlife studies, plant ecology and glaciology. We offer expert advice that can only be obtained with decades of backcountry travel experience in Alaska.
Each Custom Backcountry Plan includes:
Personal expedition planning to help you choose the optimal destination, seasonal timing and route for your expedition
Custom 1:63,360 scale USGS topographic quads with complete expedition route & alternates marked (Except digital format plans which include one digital 1:250,000 scale USGS topo)
Complete wildlife & plant species lists plus geologic & native cultural information specific to your destination
Detailed descriptions of Alaskan backcountry camping techniques including cooking & sleeping with grizzly bears, emergency communication with bush planes, crossing glacial rivers, avoiding impassable terrain unmarked on maps, navigation in trailless tundra, and much more
Complete personal & group gear lists with Alaska-specific information on first aid & safety
All Backcountry Plans are available in digital format
All digital format plans are emailed in Adobe pdf format. For all paper versions of backcountry plans, we offer free domestic USPS Priority Mail shipping with delivery confirmation. For photos and cards we offer free first class postage. Email or call for Express shipping quotes. All international orders may incur extra shipping costs- please email us your city and country for a shipping quote before all international orders.
We do not offer refunds once processing of an order has begun for photos, greeting cards or paper backcountry plans. We do not offer refunds on digital plans after they have been emailed. Please see ourTermsand Conditions for details.