Students in a tandem kayak in Alaska paddling past a glacier and snowy mountains in the distance.
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Alaska Backpacking and Sea Kayaking - 16 and 17 only


30 days


16 - 17 yrs


$8,500 to $9,000

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Climb mountains & paddle coastal fjords in the Land of the Midnight Sun

This summer, join a group of new friends your own age for an unforgettable backcountry adventure. Paddle alongside tidewater glaciers in Alaska’s famed coastal fjords, keeping your eye out for whales, porpoises, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. Backpack across the tundra and over high mountain passes. Enjoy the long daylight hours of a northern summer as you hike through lush green valleys and cross braided streams.

This expedition is an opportunity to expand your wilderness travel skills—in the mountains and on the water. Starting with the basics of outdoor living, like reading maps and cooking on a camp stove, you’ll work your way up to navigating off trail and leading river crossings. While sea kayaking, you’ll build your paddling skills in a protected ocean environment, beginning with paddle strokes, chart reading, and wet exits. Later, move on to more advanced topics, like assessing marine hazards and ocean currents.

Along the way, build your leadership skills. Practice effective communication while navigating up steep slopes off trail. Develop your problem-solving and decision-making skills while planning a hiking or paddling route. Learn conflict resolution techniques and get comfortable taking on different roles to support your group. Gain the experience and confidence to lead in the outdoors and beyond.

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7 courses

Jun 2 - Jul 1, 2025


Jun 9 - Jul 8, 2025


Jun 25 - Jul 24, 2025


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Jul 13 - Aug 11, 2025


Jun 1 - 30, 2026


Jun 8 - Jul 7, 2026


Jul 12 - Aug 10, 2026


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