Summer Semester in the Yukon

Credit: Pascal Beauvais

Summer Semester in the Yukon

Grow as a leader while exploring the Yukon’s mountains and rivers

Make this summer one to remember. Explore the mountains, glaciers, and rivers of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Keep an eye out for wildlife like caribou, moose, and wolves while you develop the technical skills to travel on rock, snow, and ice. Enjoy the long daylight hours of the northern summer as you summit unnamed peaks and fly fish in clear alpine lakes. Paddle whitewater rapids on remote, free-flowing rivers. 

On this expedition, gain experience in two technical outdoor skills: mountaineering and whitewater canoeing. Start with the basics of backcountry living, like cooking on a campstove and navigating off trail. As you build confidence, move on to new challenges, like leading a rope team across a glacier and scouting a route through a tricky section of whitewater. Learn to manage risk effectively, in the mountains and on the river. Along the way, earn a Leave No Trace trainer certification and dive into discussions about land management in the Yukon. 

Throughout your course, challenge yourself to lead in a dynamic wilderness environment. Practice effective communication while portaging canoes and learning river rescue techniques. Develop your problem-solving skills as you make your way across high-altitude glaciers and snowfields. Return from the Yukon with the confidence you need to lead at home, in the outdoors, and beyond. 

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

June 8 – Aug. 3, 2019

Tuition: $10,100
Details: Backpacking, Mountaineering, Whitewater Canoeing
In Progress

2020 Dates

June 8 – Aug. 3, 2020

Tuition: $10,150
Details: Backpacking, Mountaineering, Whitewater Canoeing

2021 Dates

June 7 – Aug. 2, 2021

Tuition: $10,150
Details: Backpacking, Mountaineering, Whitewater Canoeing

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$10,100 to $10,150
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Equipment Deposit

$750

Duration

57 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

11 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Certifications

Leave No Trace - Trainer

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Fly in/out

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Skills learned

Backpacking

Canoeing

Mountaineering

Additional Details

Semester Scholarship Form

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What Our Grads Say

“Throughout this semester I have discovered my leadership style and also how leadership tends to come naturally to me. I am now much more confident with my decision making and know that I can achieve anything with the right planning and preparation.” 

— Michael L., NOLS Summer Semester in the Yukon grad

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