Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime

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Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime

North of the Arctic Circle and aptly dubbed Land of the Midnight Sun, much of the landscape in the Brooks Range lies above tree line and elevations range from sea level to over 9,000 feet. Designed for students ages 23 and older, this 14-day backpacking course packs in backcountry travel lessons in the steep shale mountains and expansive tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Philip Smith Mountains. This is not a guided tour. You'll learn the skills in these two weeks needed to travel in a mountain environment long after your course ends.



2019 Dates

July 28 – Aug. 10, 2019

Tuition: $5,300
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14 days

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23 yrs.

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2 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
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Fairbanks, Alaska

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Fairbanks, Alaska

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“Especially in an age of such rampant technology and development, I find it crucial to reunite with the wilderness, connect with others through phenomenal teamwork, and rely on nothing but your own instincts and abilities. It may seem strange to much of society, but I think it's exhilarating to navigate with a map and compass, immerse yourself amongst majestic mountains and rivers, and truly understand the place of humans in the world. I can confidently say that NOLS was the best experience of my life, and I felt very compelled to give back to such a unique organization and enable others to experience what I did.”

— Becky M., NOLS Brooks Range Backpacking Prime grad

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