This is the land of the midnight sun, where days are long and sunsets last hours. The Chugach Range sweeps along the Alaskan coast south of Anchorage in a stunning arc of tectonic upheaval. Everywhere in this range are the telltale signs: whether it’s ice and snow high on a pass, or a U-shaped valley full of loose, gravel till and drained by a braided stream, it’s obvious that this is glacier country. Thick brush and trees fill the lower valleys, clouds hover over everything, and the mist and rain often last days on end. Those who brave the rugged environment will be rewarded with pristine wilderness, world class views and, if they’re lucky, sightings of moose or bears.