well, a brief summary-
started out june 12th hiking fully loaded- 60 or so pound packs on the kluane plateau west southwest of whitehorse, yukon. started off in the foothills and mountains of the St. Elias range, moving west into the coastal mountains on the BC/AK border. hit glacier about 3.5 weeks in- we entered AK a few times (technically illegal) but who was there to nab us?
we were resupplied by float plane in the lower mountain areas (twice) and helicopter twice- up high in the alpine. it rained ALOT, sleeted some, and snowed a little. pea soup cloudiness alot, too. though we did get a surprising number of sunny days relative to what you'd expect being in the coastal mountains of AK and BC.
did a few summits- Mount Foster is probably the most notable- only because of the fact that the US/Canadian border does a 90 degree turn at the peak. nothing super-high altitude, and only a few technical routes really required snow protection. we were, however, graced with the view of some mammoth mountains- mount fairweather (17,000 ft, with a ton of vertical) is, in particular, a magnificently huge massif.
all in all, we spent 48 or 49 days straight in the backcountry- never once seeing someone outside our group or pilots. well, until the last day out- we crossed over the chilcoot trail, and sitting in a nameless pass 2000ft above the plateau the pass runs over, a random guy walks up. mario was doing a food drop for some guided tour. nice guy, working outta skagway. was a patroller at crystal mountain, WA in the winter.
one last: funny time when we popped out of the mountains, we were at the border crossing near fraser, BC. young guy comes out to ask where we'd been, and if we could prove it. we say "well, we have the maps." as one of us reaches into a pack, praying that he didn't pull out the USGS alaska map. whew- he grabbed the right set. overall, pretty cool time. definitely recommend a trip up for anyone.
one thing to note- our topo maps (dated from the mid 80's mostly) obviously showed us where the glaciers were- but damn, every glacier had retreated ALOT- 1-2km on the average for the big guys, and some pocket glaciers on the map are, in reality, best described as snow patches now. definitely an eye-opener. made obvious topo features not so obvious during observation, too.