KWG believes that smaller is better, and quality counts

About Us

Our Approach

KWG combines a high level of technical skill with unmatched knowledge of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.   Our guides believe in the value of experiential education and the power of self-empowerment.  Each of our trips is custom, flexible and unique while maintaining the smallest guide to client ratio in the area.  Kennicott Wilderness Guides are passionate about exploring and sharing the wild places that surround us.




Kennicott Wilderness Guides was founded in 1995 by Chris Richards who, at the time, was only one of only a handful of locals.  Since then, KWG’s guides have been exploring the far reaching corners of the park.  Whether it be on foot, skis, or packraft, our guides have made it our goal over the past 21 years to develop the diverse set of skills needed to navigate the wild and unpredictable Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve.  As a result of our more then 2 decades of exploration, KWG is proud and humbled by our continuously growing list of new routes, and first ascents/descents we have made over the years.  We hope you join us to help write the next chapter of our story.