- Backpacking & Land Navigation: The trip begins with a week of backpacking & land navigation. Beginning below the tree line, your group will quickly ascend above it for some of the most amazing views that Alaska has to offer. Weather permitting, you may be fortunate to catch a glimpse of Mt. McKinley (Denali), adding to the grandness and awe of the hike. This area offers magnificent tundra flowers, rock formations, tarns, and streams and is teeming with wildlife. Each group member will be involved with route planning through this open alpine environment, thus allowing your group to develop its land navigation skills. Once you and your group have had the opportunity to practice these skills, you'll make a few non-technical summit attempts before descending back below the tree line.
- Sea Kayaking & Marine Navigation: After taking in much of what Denali has to offer, your group will head to Prince William Sound for a week of sea kayaking and marine navigation. It is here that you will board "water taxis" for a ride to Glacier Bay, where the mountains meet the sea. Once in the bay, your group will learn the art of marine navigation by exploring the seemingly limitless coastline and practicing your paddling techniques in tandem sea kayaks. It is quite common to view orca and humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, and bald eagles throughout the Prince William Sound.
- Glacier Travel & Ice Climbing: Next you will head to Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. A short flight over the Kennecott Glacier will land you and your group at the start of the glacier travel and ice-climbing portion of the trip. The next nine days will be spent traveling across two different glaciers using crampons and ice axes. After traveling for a bit, your group will stop to spend two spectacular and challenging days learning the fundamentals of ice climbing. Upon finishing this incredible final portion of the trip, you and your group will head back to Anchorage and catch your respective flights home. You'll never forget this unbelievable experience
Day 1: Fly into Anchorage, AK International airport (ANC) where you will meet up with your Instructors and other group members. Please try to arrive into Anchorage b/w 1PM and 5PM.
Day 2: Orientation process, divide gear, plan meals, Leave No Trace class. Goals and expectations of each group member/Expedition behavior discussion. Head to Denali State Park and the Talkeetna Mountains to begin orienteering and backpacking section of course.
Days 3-8: Backpacking in Denali. Opportunities to see marmots, eagles, ground squirrels, bear, and more.
Day 9: Drive to Valdez/Prince William Sound. Pre-trip briefing for sea kayaking section of trip.
Days 10-16: Load gear & sea kayaks onto water taxi boat. Take water taxi to out into Prince William Sound. Spend 7 days sea kayaking throughout Prince William Sound. Opportunities to see eagles, bear, orca whales, humpback whales, seals, otters, and more.
Day 17: Exploration day/Mid-course evaluations. Drive to Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and town of McCarthy, AK.
Day 18: Historical tour of Kennecott Copper Mine. Fly to Fosse Landing near Kennecott Glacier.
Days 19-21: Glacier Travel and Crampon use class. Backpack across Kennecott Glacier to base of Donoho Peak.
Day 22: Ice Climbing on Kennecott Glacier.
Day 23: Exploration day (attempt summit of Donoho Peak).
Day 24: Second day of Ice Climbing on Kennecott Glacier.
Days 25-26: Backpack to town of McCarthy.
Day 27: Drive to Palmer Alaska. Final evaluations & debriefing session.
Day 28: Instructors see participants off at airport. Please avoid morning flights.