The 52,000 square kilometer Wrangell-St.Elias National Park is bigger than Switzerland. It has an active volcano, the largest sub-polar ice field in North America, 150 glaciers, and the tallest coastal mountains in the world with nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, four of which are over 4,800 meters including Mount St Elias, the biggest vertical rock face on the planet. There are way more grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep, bald eagles and salmon than humans. Together with Canada’s adjacent Kluane National Park, this area is the largest protected wilderness area on earth.
I have come here to explore “The Alaska factor.” Here everything is bigger, larger, greater – and tougher than it looks.
It is a spectacular five hours drive from Anchorage just to get to the park’s main entrance.
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