From north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range to the Southeast Alaska archipelago, NOLS knows Alaska.
Photo: Shawn Stratton
An Alaska Backpacking course is a wilderness expedition in every sense, allowing you to explore beautiful landscapes in the Talkeetna Mountains, the Alaska Range, or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, where the trees disappear and the land stretches into alpine tundra plains with a backdrop of rugged and heavily eroded mountains.
Up here where it’s still light at midnight, you’ll follow the tracks of the seasonal caribou migration. How to hike on tundra; identify the birds, flowers, wildlife, and plants of the North Country; and keep warm, dry, and happy even when it’s wet are all part of your backcountry curriculum.
You’ll become a seasoned wilderness traveler, learning how to read a map, navigate off trail, and scan the horizon for grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep.
“People talk about wild areas all the time,
but Alaska has a wildness and beauty unlike anywhere else. When
our group finally made it to a summit, we just went wild. I’ll
never forget that feeling of being on a mountain where hardly anyone
else has ever been.”
Semester in Alaska, 1999
University of Maine Student
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