Packrafting is at the forefront of Alaskan exploration and NOLS is right there with it. Designed for students 18 and over, this 30-day land- and water-based expedition uses packrafts—singleperson inflatable rafts weighing four pounds each—to open up some of the world’s most remote country that would be otherwise inaccessible to overland travel.
With this equipment and the help of experienced instructor teams, you will navigate the rivers of the eastern Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains that would otherwise be obstacles on a traditional backpacking course.
On this self-sustained monthlong expedition you’ll learn how to live comfortably in the backcountry, hike through mountains and across tundra, and paddle your packraft through Class II rapids. You might even see Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, and black and grizzly bears along the way.
“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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