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Top New Trips for 2011: NOLS -- Alaska Backpacking and Packrafting

With the help of experienced instructor teams, backpack and packraft the wonders of the eastern Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains with NOLS.

NOLS: Alaska Backpacking and Packrafting

The classroom for this expedition is the mountains, streams, rivers and lakes in South Central Alaska. Within this geographic region are the Talkeetna Mountains, the Alaska Range and the Wrangell St Elias mountains. These mountains, rivers, streams and lakes are remote and wild. It’s possible for you to see Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, wolverines, black and grizzly bear, and lynx as you travel. You’ll learn how to backpack through these rugged mountains and you’ll learn how to paddle a pack raft when your route is better accomplished by paddling a river, stream or lake. You’ll learn the skills you need to paddle and backpack on your own long after your course has ended.

Alaska Backpacking and Packrafting: June 24-July 23; $4,770.