Alaska Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Ratings Explained
Level 1 trips are Basecamp Trips and can be enjoyed by nearly anyone who regularly engages in physical activity. As the name suggests we will set up camp and take day hikes out of our base, often this is very close to the original landing zone. Because we are not moving camp each day and setting up again at night we have more time personal time and more time for exploring.
Basecamp trips are ideal for families, novice backpackers, and first time backpackers. These trips can easily be customized to the individual and group needs and dynamics.
Backpacking trips in Alaska are what we live for, the wide expanse of the wilderness and solitude keep us coming back for more, despite the challenges.
Alaska is known for its glaciers, mountains and mosquitoes. Rain is to be expected - your rain layers are the most important thing you will bring with you on your trip. It is likely at some point on the trip you will be uncomfortable and it is your responsibility to proactively care for your own wellbeing.
On our backpacking trips you can expect to encounter uneven ground, boulder fields, moraine, bushwhacking, river crossings, and tussocks. You will be expected to carry your own personal gear (tent, sleeping bag/pad, clothing), a portion of the food and help with group gear (fuel, stoves).
Above all else your guide will work to ensure your safety and navigate through the terrain. You will be expected to set up and take down your own tent each day and help the group to the best of your abilities.
You can expect to carry a pack weighing between 30-40 lbs for these trips. You should be prepared to walk 6+ hours a day and cover up to six miles per day with a couple thousand feet of elevation gain/loss.
You can expect to carry a pack weighing between 35-45 lbs for a level 3 trip. You should be prepared to walk 8+ hours a day and cover up to eight miles per day with a few thousand feet of elevation gain/loss.
Disclaimer: Not all miles are created equal. A mile off-trail with a heavy pack over difficult terrain does not equate to a mile on a trail system.