Outside Magazine - May 2011

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Freedom to Roam

The key to finding fresh adventure in the national parks? These ten strategies will get you far beyond the camera-toting hordes to where empty peaks, forgotten trails, and lonely rivers await.

By Kyle Dickman

Look North
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Two of the year's most exciting new trips are in the great white north. OARS's eight-day trip from Denali to Kenai Fjords includes a two-day raft down 30 miles of Class III–IV water on the Matanuska River, which drains the 13,000-foot Chugach Range. Guests spend the last three days camping and sea-kayaking in Kenai Fjords' 22-mile Aialik Bay, where orcas rise and the Holgate Glacier calves.