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Hiking and Packrafting in Alaska

The Brooks Range in Alaska is the Northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains spanning 700 miles.  It’s remote location draws the more adventurous of backcountry travelers to explore it’s rivers and mountains.  In July of 2017 Iwan Eicher and Christian Schlappi from Switzerland stayed a few days at Base Camp Anchorage hostel to prepare for their journey.  Over two weeks they hiked through mountains and packrafted through multiple rivers all the way out to the Arctic sea.  To document their trip they brought one of their drones along.   Take a look at some of their captivating footage.  

Iwan has come to Alaska several times to explore the backcountry.  We look forward to his next visit.  

Dan Bigley performs at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

Throughout the summer, various artists from in and out of state performed at our hostel.  Music has a beautiful way of bringing people together and fostering positive social exchange.  As part of our last music concert of the season we were heartwarmed to have Dan Bigley play for us.    

Dan Bigley describes his style of music as somewhere between “acoustic cosmic roots and Americana jam”.  He weaves his personal journey and lived experience throughout his songs.    As a bear attack survivor, Dan was left blind after being mauled by a grizzly bear in the summer of 2003.  His art tells the story of courage, wisdom, and love.  

To learn more about Dan’s inspiring journey visit his website at His book “Beyond the Bear”  can be purchased here.  Thank you Dan for sharing your music and your story.  Below is a video of Dan performing one of his songs at our hostel.  

J Wagner Performs Live at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

A big thank you to J Wagner for performing at our hostel.  We enjoyed getting to know J personally and hearing his stories.  He currently lives in Austin TX and comes to Alaska every summer to share his music.    He was raised in the deserts of New Mexico and was a one time park ranger for Joshua Tree National Park.  His music often draws from this desert landscape and many of his songs “If I Go, I’m Goin”  have been covered by other artists like country artist Bart Crow and appeared on the TV show, Californication and Teen Wolf.  He co-writes often with his long-time friends Gregory Alan Isakov and Ron Scott. Their collaborative work lead to their song “Suitcase Full of Sparks”  being featured on NBC’s show, The Blacklist.  

To listen to his music visit his website at

Take a look at a video below of him performing one of his songs at our hostel.  


Jonathan Bower performs at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

Jonathan Bower, a longtime Alaskan musician and songwriter, teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska.  Many of his songs are beautifully told stories of Alaska.  His recently released album “Hope, Alaska” was embraced with raving reviews.   Many thanks to Jonathan Bower for performing at our hostel.

To hear Jonathan Bowers music go to his website at

Take a look below at Jonathan playing one of his featured songs “Nina Simone” in our newly built tipi.  

Emma Hill Performs at Base Camp Anchorage Hostel

Alaskan born-and-raised musician and songwriter Emma Hill and her co-writer/musician Bryan Daste performed at our hostel this past Wednesday.  It was a beautiful golden summer evening shared amongst hostel guests and friends.  Creating a welcoming positive community is at the heart of our mission and music is the perfect ingredient to bring people together.  

Emma was raised in the tiny village of Sleetmute in west-central Alaska and now lives in Anchorage.  Many of her songs draw upon her life experiences and passion for the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.  In our effort to share the talent of local musicians we will continue hosting performances by local artists throughout the summer.  Here is a video of Emma and Bryan performing their new release “Denali” for us.  You can hear more of Emmas albums and music on her website at


Community Engagement and Stewardship

As we approach the end of 2016, we reflect on our year.  As a business focused on creating a positive community atmosphere and sharing the beauty of nature, we feel drawn to invest in our communities and support the continued conservation of nature.  Travelers come to Alaska to experience it’s majestic and breathtaking scenery.  Nature and wildlife inspire, and teach the importance of protecting such sacred land for future generations.  Every year a portion of our revenue is donated to worthy causes that invest in our communities and promote conservation of Alaska’s backcountry.  We are excited to share with you the programs supported this year by Base Camp Anchorage.

Alaska Trails


Alaska Trails mission is to support world-renowned sustainable trails through advocacy, education and technical assistance.

Their new program, Alaska Trail Volunteers brings volunteers to the park to address maintenance backlog on trails.  This has saved the state money and trained citizens to be stewards of their public lands and trails. They are also collaborating with other organizations on mountain bike trails in the state.

We are excited to support Alaska Trails as they strive to make the wonders of Alaska accessible for all people without compromising Alaska’s beauty, natural history, cultural integrity or landownership interests.

To learn more about Alaska Trails visit them at

Great Land Trust


Great Land Trust helps conserve valuable lands like wetlands and waterways, as well as salmon spawning streams.  Since 1995, GLT has conserved over 40 miles of wild salmon streams, 9,000 acres of land, 5,000 acres of wetlands, six historic homesteads, and an 80-acre farm in Trapper Creek home to hundreds of migratory cranes.  GLT also works in conjunction with private landowners to ensure the conservation of lands and waterways.  Their goal is to also enhance public access to the outdoors including parks, access points to the Chugach State Park, and trail building projects.  You can learn more about Great Land Trust at

Beans cafe


Bean’s Cafe provides shelter, meals, and assistance for those in need.  When people are under difficult times, Beans Cafe has been a blessing to many.  They also recognizing that too many children were going hungry in the city of Anchorage.  As a result, they created the Children’s Lunchbox to help feed children in need throughout the city.  Beans Cafe was founded by Lynn Ballew, a pro- fessor and humanitarian.  She and her daughter, nicknamed ‘Bean’, moved to Alaska in 1978 and immediately began to seek the help of the community to start her shelter, which she named Bean’s Cafe.  To learn more, visit them at

Carpe Mundi

crow-pass-overlookWe strongly believe in the positive impact traveling has on our youth.  Every year Carpe Diem Education provides transformative experiential education to students throughout the United States.  Students take a semester to travel in a region of the world to learn about themselves and the world around them.

First generation college students often do not have the resources to take advantage of this opportunity.  In 2009, Carpe Mundi was established to provide scholarships and mentorship for first generation college students in the Portland area.  To date 100% of Carpe Mundi students have completed or are working towards college degrees.  To learn more about Carpe Mundi, visit them at

The Green Tortoise makes it’s Triumphant Return to Base Camp Anchorage!

Back in the 1970s travelling around the United States took some creativity for young adventurous travelers and backpackers.  Many were often travelling to similar destinations but it was not easy to find affordable transportation where everyone could stay together.  The green tortoise was created by taking buses and retrofitting them with beds to accommodate up to 36 passengers.  Carpooling at it’s finest, they crisscrossed around the US to major cities like New York and San Francisco and the famous Burning Man in Nevada.  The Green Tortoise has grown since then with trips in Central America, Mexico and Alaska.  


Every year the ‘big green tortoise bus’ makes a stop at Base Camp Anchorage to relax between trips from Seattle to Alaska.  Bernie Blaug has been leading trips for the Green Tortoise bus for several years now and his passion for the outdoors resonates at our hostel.  We enjoy exchanging stories and learning about their travels as they wind their way through Canada and up to Alaska.  To read more about the Green Tortoise Experience, check out their website here:

14 Year old Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru to be youngest to climb world’s ‘7 Summits’

We had the privilege of having Dr. Krishna Sriperambuduru and his daughter Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru stay with us here at Base Camp Anchorage in early July.  Dr. Krishna made almost-daily delicious Indian cuisine dishes to share with other guests here in the hostel and we learned about the accomplishments of he and his daughter. Both experienced mountaineers, Jaahnavi is 14 years old and attempting to become the youngest girl to ever climb the 7 highest summits on the 7 different continents.  She has already climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia (7,310 ft), Mt. Elbrus in Russia (18,510 ft), Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (19,341 ft.) and most recently Alaska’s own Mt. Denali (20,308 ft) which she summited on July 10th of this year. ‘It was the hardest climb yet’ Jaahnavi said afterwards. Her next climb will be Mt. Vinson in Antarctica (16,067 ft) which she will be heading to in December of this year.  IMG_5272

We are proud of Jaahnavi and wish her and her father the best on their climbing image-5adventures. You can follow her during her travels or donate to help her on her upcoming climbs at her website here:

Amazing Eagle Photos from the Kenai Peninsula

dominicOur friend Domnic from Toronto is a talented photographer and stayed with us earlier this summer during his travels of Alaska. He was fortunate enough to have a very close encounter with a few bald eagles, golden eagles, and sea gulls on a beach during his drive to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. These shots were taken with a Nikon D610 camera. Enjoy the moments he captured, as well as some of his other impressive photography. All the best to you Domnic!


Welcome to the Family !!!

Base Camp Anchorage Hostel Staff

Base Camp Anchorage Hostel Staff

May began the start of our third season as Base Camp Anchorage.  We are excited to welcome the courageous travelers coming through our doors.  Our hostel’s success begins with our staff.  This year we welcome Jake, Britanie, and Corey to the family.  Jake and Britanie both come to us from Minnesota.  Jake has a passion for music where the piano is his calling and Britanie is an adventurous traveler.  Together they decided to venture cross country exploring the United States in their van.  They have put thirty thousand miles since February and arrived in Alaska this April.  Our paths crossed in slab city California and they headed Alaska’s call.  

Corey loves traveling to Latin America and is a long-distance hiker. He has hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. I am excited to have them join the family and look forward to another year of community driven social exchange focused on our love of nature and Alaska.  
Happy Trails !!!