Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is the northernmost national park in the United States. Alaska Alpine Adventures will take you to a land where there are no roads, trails or visitor facilities, but where great rafting and hiking trips await. This land of unspoiled beauty greets those wanting to raft and hike in a rare environment. Arriving by a bush flight, we will hike and raft under the midnight sun, trek through tundra and gorges, and raft along virtually untouched waterways. A rafting trip in Gates of the Arctic is truly an adventure of a lifetime!
Rated Level 2, physical conditioning and consistent exercise prior to these trips is essential. While these rafting trips are suitable for a novice, you will be sitting in and paddling through swift water (up to Class II) in a two person inflatable sea kayak for up to 4 continuous hours. You will get wet and there's a slim chance you may swim. You also will be hiking off-trail over steep and uneven terrain, often covering more than 10 miles in a day. You may encounter short stretches of thick vegetation and may also experience Alaska's diverse selection of insect species. You will be camping in a very remote wilderness, sleeping in tents, relieving yourself in places with a stunning view, and sometimes enjoying all of the above in the rain. You will be expected to load and unload your own gear, carry a portion of the group gear from our drop-off location to our various camp locations, and manage your own physical comfort and well-being. In general, trip participants must be able to, wear a Type II Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (maximum chest size of 56 inches), climb on and off the boats multiple times each day, paddle or hold on to the boat while navigating whitewater rapids, self-rescue by swimming to a boat or to shore in the event of an involuntary swim in a whitewater rapid, and self-rescue by climbing into a boat with the help of another person in the event of an involuntary swim in a whitewater rapid. Pre-trip physical conditioning should begin no later than 2 months before departure and should include walking or hiking.
INTENSITY: Level 3
INTENSITY: Level 2