Note: This same information is available as part of the PDF file following the Detailed Itinerary
This is in great part a wilderness trip and while no particular skills are needed for any portion, a prerequisite for personal enjoyment as well as the ability of the group as a whole to proceed without hindrance, is a moderate level of physical conditioning. This does not mean brute strength or endurance but simply the ability to hike for up to four hours over uneven ground (with breaks) in possibly inclement weather. A suggested minimum level of conditioning would be several hours of steady walking a day in the weeks before the trip. We will also be sleeping in tents for three nights, consecutively.
While all group equipment is provided, this is an outdoor trip and personal gear should be chosen carefully (see separate packing list). The weather we might encounter could range from temperatures in the low thirties to the mid eighties, with rain of course always a possibility. This variety would suggest being prepared for the coldest to ensure comfort at all times, with multiple layers of versatile clothing the best approach. Clothing: Four to five changes of lightweight clothing are recommended (laundry facilities available on Day 6) which can be layered on cooler evenings. For outerwear, a sweater or pullover is perfect with the best being made of polypropylene pile (fleece) accompanied by a light jacket or vest. A high quality, two piece rainsuit is necessary which can also be used as a windbreaker or outer shell and should include a hood or else a rain hat. A hat is also ideal for the sun, with some also preferring an additional light stocking cap and gloves. Footwear should be suitable for the intended hiking, fairly lightweight and comfortable - this is not a time to break in new boots! Sleeping Bag: Should be comfortable to thirty degrees to ensure warmth if it gets damp, with mummy styles recommended. (NOTE: Clean, appropriate sleeping bags can also be rented from Adventure Alaska for a fee of $30 for the trip - please indicate in advance if needed). A very comfortable full -length ThermaRest sleeping pad is provided, that with another gizmo, doubles as a wonderful camp chair. A daypack enough to hold a jacket, camera, water bottle, lunch is also necessary.
Soft-sided luggage, duffles or travel packs are best. Total amount of personal gear for the trip including sleeping bag, should not exceed fifty pounds and should be manageable. Extra luggage can usually be stored in Anchorage during the trip if necessary. While this is not a backpacking trip, you will need to be able to carry your gear a short ways (up to 50 yards), as this is a wilderness camp.
Accommodations:Include a roadhouse/lodge and cabins, the latter without private baths, as well as three nights camping. The lodge and cabins are set up for double occupancy while camps are of course camps. Camping will be with two persons to a tent designed for three. The camp is our own, and features a dining shelter, outhouse, and shelter cabin if inclement. Meals: Some of the meals will be in established facilities, sometimes with a limited menu. While in camp, due to the nature of wilderness travel, choice will often be limited to a single entree with choice of side dishes. We make no pretense toward gourmet cuisine, though all meals are hearty and cookbook-worthy! Special dietary needs cannot always be met, though vegetarianism is not a problem. Let us know if you have any special or medical dietary requirements and we'll be happy to discuss the options. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
Pre/Post-Trip Lodging/Trip Add-ons
Many types of lodging are available in Anchorage as are independent extensions before or after your trip with us. Facilities fill up very early during the summer season. Please advise us of your interests well in advance so that we are able to guarantee suitable accommodations. If you need suggestions for other things to do, just let us know.
Money:Though most everything is included in the overall price, purchases for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages etc., can be made with either cash, traveler's checks in US Dollars, or, accepted in most places but not all, credit card. Traveler's Insurance: is strongly recommended, as the season is very short and our cancellation policy is necessarily quite strict. Ask us for recommendations. Emergencies: A trip list of the individual accommodation addresses and emergency phone numbers with the specific dates when you will be there is sent prior to trip departure. As some places are quite remote, the best way to be reached while on the trip, is through the Adventure Alaska office in Hope. Smoking is not permitted in the vans and nearly all lodging facilities in Alaska are non-smoking. Cell phone use is strongly discouraged in the van. Gratuities to your guide not included.
Each client's appreciation will be immeasurably heightened by gaining some background beforehand of Alaska and the areas of our travels. A wide selection of books and information is available from Alaska Geographic: 810 E 9th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501; (866) 257-2757; www.alaskageographic.org and also from our local bookseller, Title Wave Books, in Anchorage - www.wavebooks.com; 907-278-9283
Adventure Alaska reserves the right to make changes to any itinerary based on external factors or safety concerns. Costs of associated services caused by weather or factors beyond our control will be the responsibility of our guests. Cancellations or changes by individual service providers will not necessarily result in refunds for promised services. We also refuse the right to refuse or discontinue service to anyone. As travel and Life in general are not inherently risk-free, guests will be required to fill out a medical form and waiver prior to participation. Enough of the legal stuff...we do look forward to you joining us!