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Alaskan Backcountry
Alaska + Hawaii
11th-12th Grade21 days$7395*
July 6-July 26, 2022Available Enroll

Experience the two last frontiers of the U.S. - Alaska and Hawaii. Go from the rugged, high mountains down to the spectacular depths of the sea. You'll experience Alaska in the truest sense - trekking through the famed Alaskan backcountry, rafting glacier-fed rivers, and navigating ice walls with crampons and ice axes. Once you've conquered the 49th state, it'll be time to swap your boots for flippers and enjoy the picturesque island of Kauai. Dive and explore the deep ocean blue, kayak the rugged Na Pali Coast, and learn to surf where that's the language. The adventuring and exploring doesn't stop on this unique leadership trip. You can't beat Alaska and Hawaii.


  • Spend six days backpacking in the Alaskan backcountry
  • Raft the glacier fed Matanuska River
  • Ice climb and glacier trek on the Matanuska Glacier
  • Become SCUBA certified on Kauai
  • Kayak the Na Pali coastline
  • Surf the famed beaches
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Pack your pack and lace your boots – it’s time to hit the trail into the backcountry of Alaska. Spend six days hiking along ridges and tundra with wild views of the Alaska Range and Talkeetna Mountains. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of Alaska and come out a true explorer.

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ice climbing

Get your crampons and ice axes out for a multi-faceted journey on the Matanuska Glacier. This spectacular ice river is so massive it affects the weather, and offers endless opportunities for ice exploration. Learn to navigate ropes, belay systems and safe glacier travel. Then get vertical and climb walls of ice surrounded by crevasses, moulins and cobalt blue caverns.

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scuba diving

Enter a world of weightless wonders as you acquire PADI Open Water Diver certification off the Kauai coast. Once you’ve learned to safely submerge, you’ll have an all access pass to Hawaii’s warm water reefs. Glide among coral forests and tropical fish in a technicolor wilderness. Put on your goggles and open your eyes to the incredible world of underwater exploration.

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No Hawaiian adventure is complete without a classic foray into it’s national pastime. Surf’s up! It’s time to stoke the swells of the best waves in the world. Professional guides will get you going, and before you know it you’ll be reading and riding the rolling sea.

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trip details

Cost$7395 *Internal Airfare Included
Length21 days
Current Grade for 2021-202211th-12th
BeginsAnchorage, AK
EndsLihue, HI
Group Size12

dates & availability

JULY 6-JULY 26, 2022AvailableEnroll