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Come join us at NOLS Alaska for an adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun. At our campus, a 40-acre former dairy farm, you’ll enjoy fresh veggies from our on-site garden and breathtaking views of the Talkeetna Mountains and Chugach Range. In the field, you’ll learn one or more technical skills—backpacking, mountaineering, or sea kayaking—in the famed Alaska backcountry. Whether you’re paddling a sea kayak in Prince William Sound alongside massive glaciers, hiking across the vast tundra above the Arctic Circle, or mountaineering in the Chugach Range, you’ll marvel at the enormity of the Alaskan wilderness. On a sea kayaking course, highlights of your trip may include spotting a humpback whale, observing a calving glacier, or catching wild salmon for dinner. On an expedition in the mountains, you’ll cheer when a bush plane suddenly materializes from behind a snow-capped mountain for a re-ration, carrying a fresh supply of food staples—including chocolate malt balls. On every course, expect a flexible schedule: with almost 20 hours of daylight at summer’s peak, backcountry travel is never truly limited by darkness. In fact, you might even complete a midnight peak ascent! As you explore Alaska, you’ll recalibrate not only your sense of scale, but also your self-confidence and competence in the outdoors.

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5805 N. Farm Loop
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-4047

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The boundlessness of the place will grab you first, for there is nowhere as far-flung as Alaska. It will alter your concept of space.

Glaciers calve into the sea, Arctic tundra stretches beyond the horizon, rugged and expansive mountains reach into the sky, wildlife is abundant, and humans are scarce.

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When I learned that NOLS uses the Muldrow Glacier route to climb Denali, I knew that was the way I wanted to ascend Denali. The Muldrow Glacier was the route used for the first ascent in 1913. Today, only 2% of the climbers follow the Muldrow Glacier route, mainly because it starts at 600 m/2,000 feet next to the famous Wonder Lake, making the approach much longer than most climbers are willing to undertake. For me, fewer people on the route meant more adventure.

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