McCarthy & Kennicott, Alaska – Alaska’s Boreal Canopy Adventures, “North America’s most remote treetop adventure,” is completing construction of their canopy tour and welcome center in the summer of 2012 and plans a grand opening June 2013. As an exciting new tour addition to the day activities market at McCarthy & Kennicott, Alaska’s Boreal Canopy Adventures will immerse visitors in a new perspective and dimension of the northern boreal forest and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The 2200 foot aerial adventure along the Nizina River bluffs has 6 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and a ground hike through the forest understory. Participants on the canopy adventure will whisk and walk through the treetops of the wild boreal forest. While on the zip line platforms, canopy guides will present an interpretive of the boreal forest ecology, the forest’s role in the carbon cycle and what guests can do to help protect the earth’s “emerald halo.”
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The thrill of traversing the canopy treetops is matched by the expansive and panoramic views of Sourdough Peak and its unusual rock glacier, the Nizina River Valley and Chugach Range to the south, and hundreds of square miles of park wilderness. The aerial adventure ends at the Boreal Alaska EcoLodge where guests are guided on a brief tour of an Alaska bush off-grid solar power (PV) system.
“Most of the zip line cables are installed, the lines have been zipped and the course is awesome,” says Joel Hoffman, lead builder with STEPS, Inc., design / builder of canopy tours and challenge courses. “Alaska’s Boreal Canopy Adventures is one of the most unique and certainly the most remote zip line installation we’ve done . . . it showcases the wilderness setting and should really wow adventurous visitors to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park,” he added.
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