Over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to trek through many of the world’s great ranges. But come fall, we still look forward to exploring and working in our home mountains around Alaska. It was exciting to put together a week-long project for MontBell in the massive Wrangell-St Elias National Park last August. The 50-mile hike was probably even more exciting for Saya, a product designer who traveled from MontBell’s base in Osaka, Japan to join us for the shoot. Even though she served a stint as an exchange student, this would be the biggest, wildest trek of her life. She arrived in Anchorage with bags full of apparel and gear to showcased on the trip as well as gifts from her homeland across the Pacific.
Our assignment began with a short flight up onto the Wrangell Plateau, where pilot Don Welty asked some poignant questions before feeling confident enough to leave us on our own in the country’s largest wilderness area. That was a legit move; the next six days would take us over glaciers, across massive rivers and over a handful of high passes to return to civilization on the gravel road to McCarthy. The route we chose was a variation to one pioneered by legendary McCarthy guide Greg Fensterman. Matt photographed that epic trek with Greg for a magazine assignment and had been talking about it ever since. Finally Agnes had enough ‘second hand’ knowledge of that trip and ordered it be put on the calendar. MontBell counts on us for a couple large projects each year and was brought on board. The trek was a great success with spectacular fall weather, colors in the high tundra and just enough challenge to keep us on the edge of our seats. MontBell has been running the work online, in their catalogs and as printed displays in their retail stores.
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