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Extreme Alaska - Wharton Venture


Images from the previous Wharton Venture NOLS expedition.


The hallmarks of a Wharton Alaska Leadership Venture are exploration, remoteness and tough weather, while developing mountaineering skills.


The weather in the eastern Alaska Range (south central part of the state) is often unpredictable and the terrain challenging. However, these conditions help build resilience and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty- skills relevant beyond your venture.


The Canwell - Gulkana glacier traverse is a 10-day field-based expedition. The objective of this Venture is to summit Icefall Peak (7986 ft) and negotiate a technical pass that separates the Canwell from the Gulkana glaciers at 6200 ft.


The completion of these two activities will test your newly learned mountaineering skills, while you practice self and peer leadership.


This venture offers a mentally and physically intense, multi-day leadership experience to challenge and grow capabilities as you mountaineer through the remote Alaska Range mountain wilderness and will be an experience of a lifetime!



Extreme Alaska - Wharton Venture
Dates: May 20-29, 2016
Tuition: $4,200
Course start/end: Palmer, Alaska
Fly in/out: Anchorage, Alaska
Activity: Mountaineering
To Apply:


Health Form

Insurance Form

Student Agreement

All non-medical paperwork (application, insurance and student agreement) Due February 21, 2016
Health form Due March 4, 2016
Submit Paperwork via:




attn:NOLS Pro - WVME




NOLS Professional Training

284 Lincoln St

Lander WY 82520

Supplemental Information: Course Description (pdf)
  Equipment List (pdf)
  Travel and Logistics (pdf)
Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
  800-710-6657 x2720






You’ll see much of this wild country as you explore it while learning the most complex mountaineering skills.
Photo: Courtesy of Wharton

"I learned a tremendous amount and am still blown away by how well the course was executed, and received by the participants. And to say the least, I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of this journey."

- Nadia Johnston
Wharton Business School
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