Alaska Backpacking

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Alaska Backpacking

Explore the Arctic tundra and mountains

Dive into an unforgettable adventure in the Arctic wilderness. Backpack through Alaska’s famed mountain ranges and lush green valleys. Work your way up rugged peaks, pausing to admire sweeping views at the summit. Enjoy the long daylight hours of a northern summer as you hike across the tundra and cross braided streams. As you travel, keep your eye out for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, and wolves.

Whether this is your first time backpacking or you’re an experienced outdoorsperson, expect to learn something new each day. Start with the basics, like pitching a tent, cooking on a campstove, and navigating off trail. As you gain confidence, take on more responsibility for route finding and decision making.

Along the way, expand your leadership skills. Practice effective communication and risk management as you work with your team to cross a glacier-fed river. Learn to lead in uncertainty as you encounter new challenges, like navigating a boulder field or finding your way up a steep slope. Return from the Land of the Midnight Sun ready to lead outdoors, in your community, and beyond.

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

June 13 – July 12, 2019

Tuition: $4,925
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Tuition

$4,925
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Equipment Deposit

$400

Duration

30 days

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Palmer, NOLS Alaska

Fly in/out

Anchorage, NOLS Alaska

Skills learned

Backpacking

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What Our Grads Say

“NOLS helped me see the value leaders hold, and the multiple ways one can be more than just a designated leader. I found the importance of being a peer leader and having active followership, roles that are sometimes belittled, the most useful. The greatest reward I got from the entire NOLS course was the idea of positive thinking....Learning to not let myself get into [a negative] mindset during a difficult, long day or even noticing others’ attitude change and helping them steer away from this, is something that I am grateful for and will use outside this trip.” 

— Gaviota C., NOLS Alaska Backpacking grad

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