Testimonials

  • Melissa was absolutely incredible. Skolai trip was 10 times better than Denali. Class act organization! Will definitely be back!

    Erin and Tony S.
    Hiking
    Fly-In Skolai Pass Hike

  • Jason and Kirk were outstanding guides. They were experienced adventurers and were patient leaders on our beautiful kayak trip. They were also very knowledgeable about the ecology of the area.

    Tammy M.
    Glacier Kayaking
    Kennicott Glacier Kayaking 2014

  • Everything was excellent - the flight over, the companionship, the awesome scenery and, of course, the hiking... a truly enjoyable adventure. [Our] guides felt like family. They were fabulous, very personable, professional and helpful.

    Skelly M
    Hiking
    Skolai Basecamp

  • If one wants to experience Alaska....use St Elias as your guide.

    John S.Hicking
    Skolai Pass
    Basecamp 2012

  • I’ve done lots of camping and travelling and I can honestly say that this trip was one of the best I’ve done. This is truly what you picture when you think of the Alaskan peaks you see in the movies. Beautiful hikes, perfectly cooked meals, and great friends – I could not have asked for anything more from this trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone!

    Alexis P.
    Hiking
    Iceberg Lake Basecamp 2015

  • Thanks for an incredible trip that brought our family together while we experienced Alaska. We could not have done this without your assistance. Ben was great, as were Nick and Zack. To quote Judy “our experiences were life altering”. We would be glad to be a reference for any prospective clients.

    Jon S.
    Multi-Sport
    2013

  • Lucas is a fantastic guide. While I was new to pretty much everything on the trip (ice hiking and climbing, pack rafting, etc.), I always felt encouraged to reach beyond my comfort zone and try to accomplish more without ever feeling unsafe. He’s very thoughtful, always enthusiastic, and surprisingly personable for a White Sox fan.

    Annie O.
    Multi-Sport
    Ultimate Wilderness 2012

  • What an amazing experience, life changing too. Let’s start with our guides – where do you find these Supermen/women? We’ll never forget our first meeting with Lucas, beaming enthusiastically from the airstrip. He’s just such a great guy and a great guide and we heard the same compliment from a lot of other people too. He looked after us and worked so hard to ensure that we had a good time. We always felt safe with him, enabling us challenge ourselves and really get the most out of our trip.

    Lisa and Eamonn F
    Multi-Sport
    2012

  • Everyone should have the opportunity to see and do what we did. I highly recommend Copper Oar! This was a trip of a lifetime.

    Susan H.
    Nizina River Raft, Hike & Fly
    2006

  • Everyone should have the opportunity to see and do what we did. I highly recommend Copper Oar! This was a trip of a lifetime.

    Susan H.
    Nizina River Raft, Hike & Fly
    2006

  • We wanted to tell you straight away how much we have enjoyed the Source to the Sea trip. The trip was a tremendous success for us due to the skill, professionalism, knowledge, commitment and humor of Kevin and Carleton. We had a really fantastic time and learnt a great deal about the wilderness we travelled through from them both. We will remember them and the rest of the crew for a very long time. There were moments of seriousness and quietness which we enjoyed of course but it feels as if we laughed and sang our way down those marvelous rivers. Many many thanks. John K. Source to Sea 2007

  • I cannot think of grand enough words to describe the vacation you arranged for us. Alaska was absolutely beautiful and the plans you made allowed us to enjoy its full splendor. I hated to leave at the end of the journey. I felt as though I was leaving good friends behind. What a glorious trip!

    B. Smith
    Grand Alaska Adventure
    2000

  • Thank you so much for the Copper river trip. It was fabulous. The guides were the best I have ever been with. I've done a lot of river trips and this was the best!

    N. Magee
    Copper River
    2004

  • We had the most amazing trip of our entire life. It was perfect...the itinerary, the lodges, great activities, amazing river. Leo's aloha spirit made the trip. I've never been so relaxed in my life.

    C. Kubota
    Multi-Sport Package Trip
    2003

  • Just a quick note of appreciation for the entire Source to Sea trip. The trip was awe inspiring, Danny, Dale and Jules were extraordinary, and the travel companions were a lot of fun. I feel so lucky to have been able to participate on such short notice. [...] Thanks again for making an amazing journey possible.

    Martha L.
    Source to Sea
    2011

  • All of our expectations were more than exceeded! Gaia was more than helpful in organizing our flights to McCarthy, she organized free transport while we were there to visit the mines, She gave us a bedroom free of charge in the power house. She simply tried harder. Gaia was very quick replying with emails… very detailed emails too!!The whole Copper River Rafting Trip trip was totally amazing, each day was spectacular! The knowledge, skill and professionalism of the guides in each area each day was very interesting. The spectacular “Groover” scenery each day was awesome. The food was way better than we expected too… It was camping with luxury food and the worlds most scenic camp sites each night.But the main thing was forgetting about regular life, not seeing anyone or any cars for the whole week. Thank you to Gaia, Nik and Jake for making it a special time away for us. We have been away from home in Australia for almost a year now and this has been our most special part!

    Ashley and Renee
    Copper River
    2008

  • All the staff at Copper Oar made our trip memorable. Their dedication to our enjoyment despite some challenging weather conditions was outstanding. Thank you!!!!

    Michael M.
    Nizina River Raft, Hike & Fly
    2008

  • Having never spent a full night in a tent before, you’d imagine it a big task for me to flawlessly enjoy my first experience, particularly in such a remote place. Such was the level of service and comprehensive provision of equipment that I traveled with only hand luggage. Our trip was tailored before and during the trip as we wanted to encompass all in the trip description, as well as mushrooming, hiking a rockslide, an extended period of time on the glacier, time to do our own walking, and dressing up as pirates. It really was a lifetime experience, and if I never find myself returning to the area, I can rest content having seen as much as I could in a week and in the best possible way.

    Kyle S.
    Grand Alaska Adventure
    2010

  • If an amazing, Alaskan wilderness experience is what you seek, you won’t do better than Copper Oar. With my 10 and 8 year-old sons, we floated the Nizina River, hiked on the Kennicott Glacier and sea kayaked in the glacier-filled fjords and bays outside of Valdez. Every moment of the trip was memorable. The guides were well-qualified and knowledgeable. The trip was immaculately planned and executed. And, most important, the wilderness was magnificent.

    Jeff N.
    Nizina River Multi-Sport Package
    2010

  • Our family of 4 (kids aged 8 and 11) did a 3day/2night wilderness rafting trip with Copper Oar that was fantastic. Top notch all the way. We've done multiday rafting trips in Utah and Idaho before and the trip we took in Alaska compared very well to those trips and had a completely diffferent feel to it.Well worth the money. We started by flying in a bush plane from Chitina to McCarthy and an overnight in McCarthy (which was a great experience in itself! Loved the amazing tasting menu restaurant there!) We put in in McCarthy just down river from the Kennicott glacier and ended up in Chitina after 3 days on the river. We didn't see a single person the whole time, just a bear, a couple of moose and lots of bald eagles. Great bouncy water the first day then smooth floats the second and third day and the water volume increased and the river bed spread out.We camped at two different spots on the river and were fed great meals by our guides Jules and Dale. Oddly enough, the camping was one of the highlights. It was so serene to be out in the middle of nowhere watching the sun set (sort of) and the rise (again, sort of) with craggy mountains and huge vistas all around us. We had fun spotting bear tracks (black and brown) and moose tracks. The gear provided to us was great and handled the cold nights well -- I never felt cold.Our kids LOVED the whole experience and we'd all go back in a heartbeat and do another trip with Copper Oar. The rafting was a wonderful way to get away from everybody else and experience Alaska in a very intimate and awe inspiring way.

    Nicola W.
    Alaska River Journey
    2010

  • The planning was exquisite! Gaia helped me plan the day trips at Kennicott, including the mill tour and a day hiking on the glacier. We loved Noah and the day we had just as a family walking on the Root. She also helped us with booking the plane from Chitina (which included telling us where to park our car), booking the Lodge, picking us up in McCarthy, and arranging the dates for the raft trip, etc. I felt like a had an experienced travel agent! And I don't even think travel agents understand the needs of an adventurous family. She was great and made the trip easier, with no hassle at all, a true vacation for all. I would definitely 100% recommend to other families.

    Melanie F.
    Alaska River Journey
    2011

  • If you like wilderness, nature, beautiful landscapes and a good company to organize that, this trip is made for you!-A Very Satisfied French Group

    Pascal T.
    Copper River
    2011

  • The Nizina trip was wonderful, as was the Glacier Climbing. [...] Thank you again for a fabulous experience. You, Carleton, Jules and the entire group are just great.

    M. Chodos
    Nizina River Raft, Hike & Fly
    2007

  • Lucas is a fantastic guide. While I was new to pretty much everything on the trip (ice hiking and climbing, pack rafting, etc.), I always felt encouraged to reach beyond my comfort zone and try to accomplish more without ever feeling unsafe. He's very thoughtful, always enthusiastic, and surprisingly personable for a White Sox fan.

    Annie O.
    Ultimate Wilderness
    2012

  • Both Dale and Allison was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. They made us feel very safe in the rafts, their cooking and organizational skills were amazing, they were extremely hard working and great hosts and were lot of fun. 10 out of 10.

    Nick & Tanya H.
    Alaska River Journey
    2012

  • The trip was perfect. Everyone was super, raft-mates and guides, the spectacular views and the experience. Couldn't have asked for better.

    Cheryl & Mike
    Copper River
    2012

  • Copper Oar and St. Elias Alpine Guides exceeded my expectations. They helped me fulfill my dream of plein air painting on an extended wilderness trip. Their high level of professionalism, knowledge, and skill coupled with the right equipment led to a safe, comfortable trip.I enjoyed my guides' and fellow travelers good cheer, humor, companionship, not to mention the tasty meals. I am planning on returning for more adventures with St. Elias and Copper Oar.

    Jackie B.
    Copper River
    2012

  • Copper Oar gave us an unforgettable experience exploring the incredible Wrangell St Elias NP - a trip which I would have no hesitation flying halfway around the world for again. I can't recommend them highly enough.

    Nicole G.
    Alaska River Journey
    2012

  • The Food Was GREAT! It was well prepared, plenty of variety, very filling. I'd say we were well taken care of! Day time snacks and lunches were well timed and filling. Breakfast was a treat and dinners were always a surprise and a great affair.

    Bill G.
    Copper River
    2012

  • [The guides] worked themselves to death for us. They were pleasant, professional, and personable. I loved each one of them.

    Christina Y
    Copper River
    2012

  • Your guides are competent and interesting individuals who work amazingly well as a team.

    Ronald I.
    Copper River
    2012

  • Float the Copper River to view scenic and diverse landscapes. Hear the diverse sounds of slow then roiling water, the roar of calving glaciers, birds calling, and oars gently dripping water. And smell fresh air, smoke from a bon fire, the unique aroma of silver berry bushes in bloom. Excellent guides and great service help you learn and experience the Copper River.

    Ronald I.
    Copper River
    2012

  • It was all I expected and more. ... Andy and Gaia were both super friendly and informative, and if all of the staff is just as awesome I would expect all of your trips to be just as great. You will see me again in the future!

    Nick T.
    Nizina Canyon Raft & Flightsee
    2014

  • This was an amazing experience! Food was top notch - exceeded expectations. These memories will last our lives. I highly recommend your company and guides. Thanks!

    Brandon E.
    Nizina Canyon Raft & Flightsee
    2014

  • The glacier tour rivaled my best experience of a 21-day trip to Alaska.

    Kelly T.
    Root Glacier Hike
    2014

  • Ice climbing was something I never imagined I would do. It was so awesome to experience... A day to remember!

    Kelsey H.
    Root Glacier Ice Climb
    2014

  • Our guides were awesome! They are so personable and friendly. We wish they could be our guides all over Alaska! Margaret S. Root Glacier Hike 2014

  • Jason and Kirk were outstanding guides. They were experienced adventurers and were patient leaders on our beautiful kayak trip. They were also very knowledgeable about the ecology of the area.

    Tammy M.
    Kennicott Glacier Kayaking
    2014

  • A fantastic experience -- wild Alaska at its best.

    Noeleen F.
    Root Glacier Hike
    2014

  • We've been in Alaska for 1 week and have had a phenomenal trip. Today was my favorite day: outstanding weather, fun & knowledgeable guide, amazing glacier features, both kids did a polar bear plunge in a gorgeous heart-shaped blue pool. Incredible! Andrea E. Root Glacier Hike 2014

  • I was looking for a wilderness adventure and I found it with the Copper Oar/St. Elias Alpine Guides. The guides’ attention to detail, knowledge of Alaska and love of nature was abundant. They made the trip! Every day was a new adventure. Whether the days were warm or cold, they were gorgeous, rich with beautiful landscape and wild life. I will be talking about this trip for many years to come.

    Kathi L.
    Source to Sea
    2013

  • What an amazing experience, life changing too. Let’s start with our guides – where do you find these Supermen/women? We’ll never forget our first meeting with Lucas, beaming enthusiastically from the airstrip. He’s just such a great guy and a great guide and we heard the same compliment from a lot of other people too. He looked after us and worked so hard to ensure that we had a good time. We always felt safe with him, enabling us challenge ourselves and really get the most out of our trip.

    Lisa & Eamonn F.
    Multi-Sport Package
    2012

  • The tour was outstanding by any/all measures - story telling, knowledge of the facts and information, attention to safety, etc. I was really impressed by [the guide’s] level of knowledge of the site, the overall operations, the specific functions of the buildings we toured, and the equipment we looked at.

    Rebecca T.
    Kennecott Mill Tour
    2014

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