[font color=\'#000000\']Thank you for the positive review, Hank. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.
I didn't mention it in the article, but one of the bigger challenges we faced was the lack of information targeted at photographers. The 'net is full of information aimed at "regular" tourists, and what photographic information that exists is about the most popular destinations (ie Denali).
Having been there once, we are now better able to plan a trip that will increase the opportunities to make great photographs. But as you point out, in Alasaka the "lemon squeezer" will always be just as important as a tripod!