Best marriage proposal location ever!

Mar 28 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Sea Kayaking
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Our fantastic clients, Dan and Lia, were featured on for their very special marriage proposal on top of Mendenhall Glacier. Our guide Danielle took them to a very beautiful spot where Dan could propose with the whole glacier in view. Thank you Dan & Lia for sharing your very special day with us!

Here is their story :

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Dream Trip – Tracy Arm Kayaking Adventure

Mar 02 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Sea Kayaking
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Thank you to Kevin Crowley and team at Landscapes on the Run for featuring us in their article all about the Tracy Arm kayaking experience. We have options for you if you want to explore the area – want a guide? Or the just the gear? We have options! This is a once in a lifetime adventure and we would love to make your Alaskan kayaking dreams come true! Contact the office today for more information.

Kayaking in Tracy Arm Fjord

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Need low cost but high adventure? Check out our Tongass Coast Kayak Day Trip!

Jan 27 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Sea Kayaking, Wildlife
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Does your Alaskan to-do list include: Kayaking? Rainforest? And wildlife spotting? 

Our Tongass Coast Kayak Day Trip checks all of those boxes for only $139 per person + sales tax.

The Tongass National Forest is the nations largest rainforest and it encompasses most of the Inside Passage. This trip allows you to explore the forest by kayak and foot in a great half day trip. Keep an eye out for eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and other wild Alaskan wildlife.

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Add us on Instagram!

Jan 18 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Wildlife
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Above & Beyond Alaska is now on Instagram!

Check out our latest pictures and adventures @abak_trips

Click here to see our: Instagram Feed or you can click the picture below and scroll through our latest photos.

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Jeff Corwin Joins the ABAK Team for a Day!

Jan 11 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing
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When famous explorer and outdoors man Jeff Corwin visits Alaska – he calls the best, the ABAK Guides!

Our Guide Manager Kayte Suslavich shows Jeff around the Mendenhall Ice Caves which can be seen on certain days during the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek or Mendenhall Trek Day Trips. The ice caves are in constant flux and change everyday. We try to visit as often as possible when the conditions are right. Contact Above and Beyond Alaska today to book your once in lifetime adventure to the Mendenhall Glacier and see it for yourself!

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Guide Training

May 12 2014
By: Corey Denton
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking
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Crevasse Rescue

Above and Beyond Alaska prides itself in hiring high quality staff that have relevant personal or professional experience traveling and camping in the environments found in Southeast Alaska.  Despite the experience new and returning staff bring with them, each season we require our guides to participate in our annual training.  Over a full day is spent discussing and practicing risk management and technical rescue skills on the glacier.  Another day is spent practicing man overboard drills with our motor boat, the Glacier Soul, and working on our kayak paddling technique and rescue skills – from basic to advanced.  Additional opportunities are provided for learning about the natural history of our area, exploring our trip areas (for newer staff), learning how we operate camping trips, and Leave No Trace principles.

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This season the gorgeous weather has created an excellent environment to do these training exercises.  On May 3rd, ten guides spent a full day out on the Mendenhall Glacier.  The time on the ice was split between discussing risk/client management, setting up anchors, belaying one another, rappelling, practicing crevasse rescue in a beautifully blue crevasse that was half full of water, discussing cave safety and awareness, and exploring the glacier.  The Mendenhall, as always, was filled with a variety of beautiful features.  In addition to “the cave” that has gained worldwide popularity this winter from articles published in major newspapers and photos that have gone viral on the website, there were several large pools, tall seracs, vibrant blue streams, impressive crevasses, and tubes carved out in the ice walls.  Add in the amazing scenery of the surrounding mountains, the Mendenhall Lake and Valley, a few mountain goat sightings, and an enjoyable hike on the West Glacier and Spur trails – and you end up with one fantastic day of training.


After a couple of days of guided trips we once again gathered.  On May 7th, ?? staff spent the day out on the water.  The first couple hours we reviewed the safety procedures for operating the Glacier Soul, including “tossing” one of the guides overboard a few times.  The waters in Auke Bay were calm and quiet with a minimal amount of boat traffic.  

Upon returning to Auke Bay we loaded up kayaks and accessories and drove over to Auke Lake to get our feet and faces wet.  After a quick review and assessment of paddling strokes we got down to the business of rescues.  A variety of techniques were practiced so that our staff would be competent and confident in any situation that may occur on a trip.  For staff that will work our kayak shop, it provided the necessary experience to be able to provide informative and accurate safety briefings to our rental clients.

On the natural history side of things, several guides were able to participate in an annual  Marine Naturalist Symposium.  The two morning sessions were full of excellent presentations given by local experts on a variety of relevant subjects.

In the coming week several guides will have the opportunity to become familiar with how ABAK runs overnight trips.  From the 14-18 of May we will be inspecting our kayaks that are stored near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, exploring the Pack Creek Zoological Area, and paddling back to Juneau in 4 doubles with a couple of guides and local clients.  

The beginning of the season is a fun time of year for ABAK.  After a winter of skiing and traveling it’s refreshing to get back out on the Mendenhall Glacier and the water’s of the Inside Passage with old and new faces.


Hope to see you out here!

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  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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