Alaska College Trip

Alaska College

High Trails Adventure - Grades 12-12+

Our leadership expedition for college-age students combines backpacking in the Talkeetna Mountains, whitewater rafting the Chickaloon River, with sea kayaking in Prince William Sound and Wilderness First Aid Certification. The Alaska College program is an ideal sequel to our other offerings and an excellent beginning experience for older students interested in pursuing outdoor leadership positions.

21 Days

$4,995

  • June 23rd - July 13th
  • Anchorage, AK

Day 1-2

Flying into Anchorage, over the untamed Alaskan landscape, you’ll quickly realize what an incredible experience you are about to embark upon. Entering the airport, you’ll be greeted by your group leaders as well as be introduced to the rest of your group. From there, everybody will load up into vans and head to our first campsite only a few minutes outside of Anchorage. Our first night together is always a great time had by all, as we set up our tents for the first time, talk about our approaching trips, hang out, and really get to know each other. On the second day of the trip we will prepare for our first backcountry outing on Prince William Sound

Day 3-6

Beginning at Whittier, Alaska we’ll start our kayaking tour out into the pristine nautical environment of the Prince William Sound. Prince William Sound is phenomenally known for its spectacular wildlife including whales, seals, otters, and bald eagles; all creatures we can hope and expect to see. Each day we’ll cover the water as we paddle from secluded campsite to campsite while exploring the numerous side-channels and enormous glaciers that calve into the water before us! While we’re out on the water, we’ll also acquire crucial kayaking knowledge such as ocean ecology as well as how to read tide charts. Finally, on our last day on the water, we’ll be picked up by a shuttle boat and taxied back to bustling Whittier.

Day 7-8

Upon getting off the water, we’ll enjoy the chance to take warm showers and do our laundry before beginning our Wilderness First Aid Course. A two-day intensive course designed specifically to teach necessary skills to leading groups in the out of doors, the Wilderness First Aid Certification is a must-have in any outdoor leader’s toolbox of skills and credentials. The hands-on course is also a wonderful bonding experience for everyone in the entire group, and the skills you learn will empower you for life. After completing this valuable course, we’ll make preparations for our second excursion into the backcountry – this time in the Talkeetna wilderness.

Day 9-19

Our final portion of our trip will be backpacking into the interior of the Talkeetnas for nine days, learning important skills and practices that are necessary for traveling comfortably through the backcountry wilderness. While learning outdoor skills such as minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass skills, we’ll be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. Once we’ve navigated our way through the wilderness and we reach the headwaters of the Chickaloon, we’ll be greeted by our professional rafting guides. For the next two days, we’ll float out of the wilderness through astoundingly gorgeous landscape and also through some pretty exhilarating whitewater. While en-route, we’ll enjoy the simple life of living on the river, relaxing, eating awesome meals, and absorbing the views. After we’ve gotten off of our rafts for this segment of our journey, we’ll grab showers and do some laundry.

Day 20-21

Our final evening together will be spent enjoying our celebratory group banquet. A great time to have fun together and reminisce about our adventures one last time, for the following morning everyone must part ways. It’s truly been a remarkable past several weeks, but it certainly is encouraging to know that as you depart it’s with a heart full of memories and new friends to last a lifetime.

Day 1-2

Flying into Anchorage, over the untamed Alaskan landscape, you’ll quickly realize what an incredible experience you are about to embark upon. Entering the airport, you’ll be greeted by your group leaders as well as be introduced to the rest of your group. From there, everybody will load up into vans and head to our first campsite only a few minutes outside of Anchorage. Our first night together is always a great time had by all, as we set up our tents for the first time, talk about our approaching trips, hang out, and really get to know each other. On the second day of the trip we will prepare for our first backcountry outing on Prince William Sound

Day 3-6

Beginning at Whittier, Alaska we’ll start our kayaking tour out into the pristine nautical environment of the Prince William Sound. Prince William Sound is phenomenally known for its spectacular wildlife including whales, seals, otters, and bald eagles; all creatures we can hope and expect to see. Each day we’ll cover the water as we paddle from secluded campsite to campsite while exploring the numerous side-channels and enormous glaciers that calve into the water before us! While we’re out on the water, we’ll also acquire crucial kayaking knowledge such as ocean ecology as well as how to read tide charts. Finally, on our last day on the water, we’ll be picked up by a shuttle boat and taxied back to bustling Whittier.

Day 7-8

Upon getting off the water, we’ll enjoy the chance to take warm showers and do our laundry before beginning our Wilderness First Aid Course. A two-day intensive course designed specifically to teach necessary skills to leading groups in the out of doors, the Wilderness First Aid Certification is a must-have in any outdoor leader’s toolbox of skills and credentials. The hands-on course is also a wonderful bonding experience for everyone in the entire group, and the skills you learn will empower you for life. After completing this valuable course, we’ll make preparations for our second excursion into the backcountry – this time in the Talkeetna wilderness.

Day 9-19

Our final portion of our trip will be backpacking into the interior of the Talkeetnas for nine days, learning important skills and practices that are necessary for traveling comfortably through the backcountry wilderness. While learning outdoor skills such as minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass skills, we’ll be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. Once we’ve navigated our way through the wilderness and we reach the headwaters of the Chickaloon, we’ll be greeted by our professional rafting guides. For the next two days, we’ll float out of the wilderness through astoundingly gorgeous landscape and also through some pretty exhilarating whitewater. While en-route, we’ll enjoy the simple life of living on the river, relaxing, eating awesome meals, and absorbing the views. After we’ve gotten off of our rafts for this segment of our journey, we’ll grab showers and do some laundry.

Day 20-21

Our final evening together will be spent enjoying our celebratory group banquet. A great time to have fun together and reminisce about our adventures one last time, for the following morning everyone must part ways. It’s truly been a remarkable past several weeks, but it certainly is encouraging to know that as you depart it’s with a heart full of memories and new friends to last a lifetime.