Valdez, AK is the northernmost ice-free port in the USA, burned into many people’s memories by the terrible Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill in 1989 – the worst in human history until Deepwater Horizon in 2010. Some remnants of the 11 million gallons of oil spilled can still be found in pockets around the sound, over 30 years later.
While visiting this quaint town nestled in the fjords of coastal Alaska on Prince William sound, we went salmon fishing and explore the Worthington Glacier before heading out to McCarthy to see the historic Kennicott Copper Mine (read McCarthy Blog Here).
Welcome to Valdez
Tom with a sea bass
Trey with a coho/silver
We have the cooler plugged into the Dometic PLB40 Portable Lithium Battery which is plugged into the truck’s auxillary power. When the truck is running, the battery charges and powers the cooler. When the truck is turned off, the battery continues to power the cooler. Keeping the cooler around 6 degrees F will be a sizable draw, so we occasionally having to plug the battery in to our inverter to charge off the Battle Born Batteries when we are stationary for longer periods of time. (Check out our electrical system here)
The trail was a bit strenuous, not super well-marked, and involved quite a bit of scrambling. If you’re not comfortable with hiking off-trail and winging it on steep cliffs but what to experience getting up close like this, definitely give Zack a call over at Alaska.Guide.
Paddleboarding Valdez Glacier Lake
I had luckily been warned by others coming off the water of these invisible threats, and was glad to have remained seated on the paddleboard instead of standing, otherwise would have gone for a frigid and hypothermia-inducing swim when hitting the underwater ice shelves.
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