Last week I had the good fortune to spend the week with a friend in McCarthy, Alaska. McCarthy is about 8 hours (driving - the last 62 miles happen to be on a dirt road) from Anchorage and is in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park - the largest national park in the country. The park includes a large portion of the Saint Elias Mountains, which include most of the highest peaks in the United States and Canada (including Mount Logan and Mount Saint Elias), yet are within 10 miles of tidewater, one of the highest reliefs in the world.
I spent the week hanging out with St. Elias Alpine Guides and was able to get in a couple of ice climbs on Root Glacier, and had a blast rafting down the Kennicott River. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend hooking up with one of their guides, they're a wealth of knowledge on what is certainly a fascinating history of the area and of course they're great mountain guides as well!