Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Photos, Travel, Wrangell-St. Elias 11 Comments

Aerial of Regal Mountain, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Aerial of Regal Mountain, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

It has been a while since I have spent any time in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  My summer is shaping up to be a busy one, but I’m really hoping to get out that way at least for a bit, maybe this fall.

This area will always have special meaning to me as I grew up nearby and within sight of the amazing Wrangell Mountains of which this is just a small part.

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  1. Hey Ron,

    Great shot of my favorite part of this world.

    Are you sure that’s Regal? It doesn’t look like Regal to me. Blackburn in the b/g, I presume? You must have been over on the east side of Regal, no? That’s not Stairway Icefall coming down to the Root Glacier, is it?

    I think it’d be great if you advised more photographers to stay away from Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. 🙂



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    Thanks a lot guys!

    @ Carl – But what if I advised them to take back-country tours with you? 🙂

    You know I spent a fair amount of time trying to identify these – but that was 6 years ago, wow how time flies! If I remember correctly, I was just above the East side of Kennicott Glacier just north of Donoho Peak. I’m thinking that is Gates Glacier dropping down the left, and Root on the right, but I might even be further North then that – it has been way to long since I have flown over that area!

  3. Hey Ron,

    It might be, but I’ve never seen that much bare rock on that peak. Email Don or Kelly. Regal is completely snow-capped, from what I recall, so that might be it in way in the background .. but the shape is wrong, to me. From this angle it might be though, I’m not familiar with it from that area. I should be.

    I’m think there’s a greater division between Gates and the Root than this shows, but I’m not sure.



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    Hi Carl,

    Thanks – I trust your thoughts on this, and started to question the ID myself after looking at a topo. I should fly it on Google Earth, that might help.



  5. Beautiful! I just got a peek at Wrangell-St. Elias a number of years ago when visiting Alaska with my husband’s uncle, who was with the Park Service in Alaska for a number of years and helped identify millions of acres to add to Park protection. I hope to get back there someday, but promise not to tell anyone!

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  7. Glad to hear the praise from a native. One never knows how the locals feel but we thought he did a great job and he was very proud of his contribution too!

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