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Alaska’s Most Spectacularly Situated Cabin

This is not your average mountain retreat. A 30-minute flight from Talkeetna on a ski-equipped

plane lands you on the Ruth Glacier, below a 4- to 6-person cabin so remote you might think you're on another planet. Perched on a rock outcrop more than a mile high, the cabin looks out on the Ruth Amphitheater enclosed by mile-high granite walls—some of the tallest wilderness rock faces in the world. Think of an ice-filled Yosemite on steroids and you'll get the picture. The accommodations are admittedly primitive. You’ll have to haul in your own wood and food, and once there, melt ice or snow for water. But the cabin provides an amazing base for photographic, skiing, and climbing excursions. Be sure to bring a guide if you’re not experienced in glacier travel. The skiing is not difficult, but there is a risk of crevasse falls. And be sure to peruse the cabin's log book. It dates back to 1966 and records the visits of some of the world’s most elite climbers…and a few celebrities too.
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