There is no better level to witness the humbling sight of a glacier, than sea level. Get in your kayak and paddle the Prince William Sound, where glaciers meet the sea. Learn the fundamentals of open water safety, coastal navigation, and carrying everything you need in your boat. Camp on wild beaches every night in the company of otters, orca and bald eagles.
Set off on a true expedition and backpack the Talkeetna Mountain Range. Using braided river beds and geological features, you’ll navigate this stunning terrain and learn to make a home in the backcountry. Travel across vast alpine tundra, up and down jagged peaks, and orient yourself to map reading and off trail travel. Immerse yourself in rugged unparalleled wilderness, and get in the rhythm of living simply.
The end of your backpacking section has you arriving on the banks of the Chickaloon River, where a bush plane will have dropped you a resupply of food and rafts. Exit the wilderness by boat as you cruise the glacier melt of the Chickaloon. Featuring class three and four rapids, this thrilling waterway will be a welcome white water victory lap after carrying your packs for eight days.
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.