Alaska Southcentral Trip

Alaska Southcentral

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Our 28 day Alaska Southcentral Adventure is a perfect introduction to the land of the “midnight sun.”  Watch sun and clouds dance on snowcapped peaks while trekking through a volcanic mountain kingdom.  From tracking braided rivers to their glaciated source, to kayaking amongst the largest mammals on earth, the magnetism of the midnight sun makes Alaska our last great enchanted frontier.

28 Days

$5,595

  • July 3rd - July 30th
  • Anchorage, AK

Day 1-2

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll quickly realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your new fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next two weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel just a few minutes away to our first campsite outside of Anchorage. For the rest of the first night and following day, we will get to know each other, learn to set up our tents for the first time, and prepare for our first expedition, a backpacking trip into the stunning Talkeetna Mountain Range.

Day 3-14

The morning of our third day together marks our departure into the backcountry! We will backpack into the interior of the Talkeetnas for ten days, while learning the essential skills and practices necessary for traveling comfortably through the backcountry wilderness. While learning techniques like minimum impact camping and map and compass navigation, we’ll be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. We will make our way through the wilderness until reaching the headwaters of the Chickaloon River, where we’ll be greeted by our professional rafting guides. For the next two days, we’ll float out of the wilderness through an astoundingly gorgeous landscape and also through some 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 finished this segment of our journey, we will head to showers and do laundry.

Day 15

Our fifteenth day is spent in Anchorage primarily in preparation for our next adventure: ice climbing and glacier trekking on the Matanuska Glacier! We will grocery shop as a group for our meals and get fitted for climbing gear. While in the city we’ll take advantage of the cultural and historical attractions Anchorage has to offer.

Day 16-18

No journey to Southcentral Alaska would be complete without the opportunity to explore it’s majestic glaciers. The best of these is the Matanuska Glacier. Here we’ll have the opportunity to learn both the basics of glacier trekking and ice climbing techniques from professional guides. Learn how to belay, tie a variety of climbing knots, rapel, use an ice axe and more!

Day 19-26

Our group will rest for a day and then venture out to Prince William Sound. Paddling out of Whittier, we will be off to explore the ‘Barry Arm’ of this great water-way. For our next seven days, our team will discover the hidden intricacies of the area. Paddling between our own private, secluded campsites each day, we’ll be neighbors to imposing masses of ice as well as frolicking seals and soaring eagles. And as we set up camp and retire to bed each night, we’ll fall asleep listening to nothing else but the cool Alaskan breeze and the sound of calving glaciers. After our last day of kayaking is through, we’ll hop on a boat that will taxi us back to Whittier. From there we’ll make our way, once again, back to Anchorage for showers and laundry.

Day 27-28

On our final full day together, we will have the chance to explore Anchorage, picking up souvenirs for those at home. We’ll then gather for our final end-of-trip banquet. We’ll enjoy one last dinner together in a somewhat more civilized setting while reminiscing about the laughs and experiences we’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it’s time for us to say our good-byes. Our time together has seemingly flown by, but we’ll always have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to as a constant reminder of the best summer of our lives.

Day 1-2

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll quickly realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your new fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next two weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel just a few minutes away to our first campsite outside of Anchorage. For the rest of the first night and following day, we will get to know each other, learn to set up our tents for the first time, and prepare for our first expedition, a backpacking trip into the stunning Talkeetna Mountain Range.

Day 3-14

The morning of our third day together marks our departure into the backcountry! We will backpack into the interior of the Talkeetnas for ten days, while learning the essential skills and practices necessary for traveling comfortably through the backcountry wilderness. While learning techniques like minimum impact camping and map and compass navigation, we’ll be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. We will make our way through the wilderness until reaching the headwaters of the Chickaloon River, where we’ll be greeted by our professional rafting guides. For the next two days, we’ll float out of the wilderness through an astoundingly gorgeous landscape and also through some 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 finished this segment of our journey, we will head to showers and do laundry.

Day 15

Our fifteenth day is spent in Anchorage primarily in preparation for our next adventure: ice climbing and glacier trekking on the Matanuska Glacier! We will grocery shop as a group for our meals and get fitted for climbing gear. While in the city we’ll take advantage of the cultural and historical attractions Anchorage has to offer.

Day 16-18

No journey to Southcentral Alaska would be complete without the opportunity to explore it’s majestic glaciers. The best of these is the Matanuska Glacier. Here we’ll have the opportunity to learn both the basics of glacier trekking and ice climbing techniques from professional guides. Learn how to belay, tie a variety of climbing knots, rapel, use an ice axe and more!

Day 19-26

Our group will rest for a day and then venture out to Prince William Sound. Paddling out of Whittier, we will be off to explore the ‘Barry Arm’ of this great water-way. For our next seven days, our team will discover the hidden intricacies of the area. Paddling between our own private, secluded campsites each day, we’ll be neighbors to imposing masses of ice as well as frolicking seals and soaring eagles. And as we set up camp and retire to bed each night, we’ll fall asleep listening to nothing else but the cool Alaskan breeze and the sound of calving glaciers. After our last day of kayaking is through, we’ll hop on a boat that will taxi us back to Whittier. From there we’ll make our way, once again, back to Anchorage for showers and laundry.

Day 27-28

On our final full day together, we will have the chance to explore Anchorage, picking up souvenirs for those at home. We’ll then gather for our final end-of-trip banquet. We’ll enjoy one last dinner together in a somewhat more civilized setting while reminiscing about the laughs and experiences we’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it’s time for us to say our good-byes. Our time together has seemingly flown by, but we’ll always have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to as a constant reminder of the best summer of our lives.

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