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Trip FAQs: Alaska Multisport
- What is the temperature in Alaska going to be like when we are there?
- How much experience should I have in order to go on this adventure?
- What kind of wildlife will we see in Alaska?
- Do I need to bring ice climbing gear?
- What makes this adventure so unique?
- Will we be totally out of touch with family and friends?
- How often will we shower and do laundry?
- Who are our leaders on this type of expedition?
What is the temperature in Alaska going to be like when we are there?
The summer in Alaska is very pleasant. During the day the sun will shine and it will get quite hot as we hike, climb, or float our way around. At night, although the sun never completely sets, it can dip down to the 40’s.That is when we will fire up the stove, cook a hot meal, and curl up in our sleeping bags for a well deserved nights rest. The alpine and maritime environments we’ll be in also get weather. It can rain and be 50 degrees a few days in a row. The proper rain gear is essential for happiness in the backcountry.
How much experience should I have in order to go on this adventure?
This is the most challenging trip we offer so we do ask that you have experience in the backcountry. If you have gone on an ARCC trip or a similar type of trip that would be great. You’ll have many of the skills you will need and you know what being in the backcountry is all about. Also, if you have gone backpacking before with friends, church groups, family, or clubs, this might be the trip for you. If you have questions about whether this trip is appropriate for you please call the ARCC office.
What kind of wildlife will we see in Alaska?
The vast wilderness in Alaska is home to many different and amazing animals. As we hike through this great land we will see fox, beaver, coyote, and maybe even a marten. The larger, easier to spot animals will include moose, deer, caribou, and possibly even a bear. When we head to the water we will be sure to spot seals, osprey, salmon, and possibly a whale. This adventure is always full of great encounters with the Alaskan wildlife.
Do I need to bring ice climbing gear?
No. For all of our activities, if you need specialized gear, it will be provided for you. For the ice climbing you will be issued ice axes, crampons, a harness, and a helmet. Our local guides will establish the routes and teach you how to tie into the rope. A great pair of broken in boots and overmits (see packing list) are the only essential items on our side. The only things you will need to bring is a clear head and a little bit of courage.
What makes this adventure so unique?
The sheer amount of backcountry time we spend on this trip is its most unique aspect. No other trip we offer is this long and this challenging. After you have completed this adventure you will be an expert in backcountry living. If you are looking for a challenging, exciting, and unforgettable Alaskan adventure this is the trip for you!
Will we be totally out of touch with family and friends?
No. As we travel through this vast state we will have scheduled mail drops where you will be able to receive and send mail. On our front country days, when we shower and re- supply, you will have the chance to call you family and friends.
How often will we shower and do laundry?
We will shower and do laundry between each section of the trip. About four different times. Along the way we will bath in alpine lakes and cool mountain streams. Don’t worry though. Everyone else in your group will smell just as much as you do. Going without a shower for so long is often a new experience for students. This is part of the challenge of this adventure but you soon become accustom to living in the backcountry.
Who are our leaders on this type of expedition?
We handpick three of our very best leaders for this adventure. Considering its remoteness and need for sound decision making and expert skills in backcountry travel, these leaders are a perfect fit for this expedition. Not only have they led many trips like this in the past, but they are all Wilderness First Responders, may have been graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership School and are at home in the Wilderness. Lastly, they are great at what they do; to inspire young adults and create safe learning environments for personal growth, friendship and fun to thrive.