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Erik Halfacre practically grew up on the Knik Riverbed, spending his days exploring and marveling at the Knik Glacier. But back then, he didn't have access to the packrafts he has now. These seven-pound rafts roll up to the size of a summer sleeping bag or a novelty-size burrito, making them useful, lightweight accessories for a trek across land and water.
That kind of versatility comes in handy when you're hiking to Knik Glacier, a journey Erik and his wife Jenna make on a nearly daily basis. The duo leads groups of adventurers into the wild during their challenging—but incredibly rewarding—excursions. Over the course of 10–12 hours, hikers will wade through Hunter Creek, ferry across the Knik, and hike about nine miles over the gravel riverbed to the massive, 25-mile-long glacier. On the way back, they'll paddle past towering icebergs on the terminal lake, and cruise in the shadows of the Chugach mountains before packing up their rafts. Much like the dreams of Teddy Roosevelt, the hikes often feature appearances by moose, bear, eagles, and wolves.