Alaska Backpacking

Credit: Betsy Winston

Alaska Backpacking

Push yourself to explore a vast and beautiful landscape. Explore terrain that few people ever see, surrounded by endless tundra, near 24-hour daylight, and caribou herds. You'll become a seasoned wilderness traveler, learning how to read a map, navigate off trail, and scan the horizon for moose and Dall sheep. If you’re seeking the opportunity to grow as a leader in one of the United States' biggest wildernesses, then this is the course for you.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

June 14 – July 13, 2018

Tuition: $4,800
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Specifics

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Tuition

$4,800
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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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Course Description

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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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