Alaska Backpacking - Prime

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Alaska Backpacking - Prime

Explore the Talkeetna Mountains with an active group of peers. You’ll exercise leadership skills as you explore rugged, glaciated valleys and wild rivers. 

Your course starts by flying into the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains by bush plane, following the route you'll reverse on your journey out. As you travel, you'll learn about the area's ecology and wildlife, deepening your connection to wild places as you form lasting relationships with your coursemates.

By the end of this course, you’ll have experiences to last a lifetime and the skills to keep exploring the wilderness long after your course ends.



2019 Dates

June 16 – June 29, 2019

Tuition: $4,100
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July 14 – July 27, 2019

Tuition: $4,100


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14 days

Minimum Age

23 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies
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Palmer, Alaska

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Palmer, Alaska

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“This course dropped me immediately out of my comfort zone into the deepest wilderness I’ve ever seen and said, “You’ll figure it out”. And, that is possibly my greatest take away from this course. Watching my instructors plan and navigate the course without a set trail or an idea of what was on the other side of the ridge or the ability to get rid of the freezing rain and just make it work, was just what I needed. They were completely confident and comfortable relying on what they knew and their ability to figure it out. Handing over the reins of the course to the students was the supportive push that let me know I, too, was capable.” 

— Samantha J., NOLS Alaska Backpacking - Prime Grad

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