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Northern Lights Summer 2013


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Explore the wilderness of one of the world’s last true frontiers. With diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife, Alaska rewards backcountry travelers with a sense of natural integrity that is truly indispensable in our modern world. When it is time to return to the “real world,” you’ll realize that you have already discovered what’s “real” by having spent time in the Alaskan wilderness.

2013 Trip Dates: 

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‹‹‹ Trip Details

June 19 - July 9 | July 11 - July 31 ARRIVAL / DEPAR TURE CIT Y:

Anchorage, Alaska ARRIVAL / DEPAR TURE times:

4PM - 9PM Arrival | 10PM and 1AM Departure on the night before the trip’s ending date.

Highlights: • Backpack through the Talkeetna Mountain Range • Ice Climb on the Matanuska Glacier • Sea Kayak on Prince William Sound • Whitewater Raft the Chickaloon River • Develop and practice leadership skills • Practice Leave No Trace


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Day 1: Fly into the Anchorage airport Day 2 - 6: You’ll spend the day getting to know your group and prepping for your sea kayaking section. After preparing for your sea-kayaking trip, you set out through Prince William Sound en route to the Harriman Fjord via ferry. Before you leave shore, you’ll start by learning the fundamentals of efficient paddling, open-water safety, self-rescue, and coastal navigation. As soon as you launch your kayak into the coastal waters you will immediately become immersed in spectacular fjords and emerald coves of the Sound. At night, pull your kayak ashore to set up camp, prepare dinner, explore the coastline, and get ready for the next day’s paddle. Day 7 - 9: After spending an amazing five days on the water observing the breathtaking glaciers by boat, you’ll head north to the Matanuska Glacier where you’ll spend the next two days ice climbing on the glacier. You’ll learn the step by step approach of how to conquer the vertical world of ice climbing by learning technical skills and of course how to travel safely on the glacier. Strap on your crampons, step into your harness, and grab your ice axes – this section can be as challenging as you want it to be, but it is designed for the beginner ice climber. Day 10 - 17: As you finish your ice climbing section your group will head into the Talkeetna Mountains for an extended backpacking section. As you start backpacking you will hike on-trail and off-trail through sweeping arctic tundra above tree line. This expedition will focus on map reading and


off-trail travel, backcountry cooking, camping, safety, natural history, environmental ethics and more. The days are long in the land of the midnight sun, but the experience is unforgettable. Day 18 - 19: Out of the wilderness and onto the Chickaloon River for two final days of exhilaration, challenge, and fun. After over a week deep in the wilderness, you’ll watch in awe as your river guides bring in the river gear and food rations via airplane. When you’re not plunging through class III and IV rapids, feast your eyes on the rocky faces and hanging glaciers of the Chugach Mountains towering above you. At night, pull your raft ashore to camp, explore the inland coast, toss a line to a hungry trout, or simply watch for shooting stars. Day 20 - 21: Spend the last day telling tales of your three-week expedition. Before departing for home, you will celebrate with a hearty Alaskan banquet dinner.


I learned to live in the present and not worry about what is going to happen next, but appreciate what is happening right then. Lydia Neill— Winston-Salem, NC

Trip Overview: Length: 21 days Current Grade: 9th and Up Ages: 15 - 18 Challenge Level: challenging 2013 Cost: $4595

What’s included: • Delicious Backcountry and Frontcountry Food • Sleeping Accommodations in Mountain Hardwear Tents • Fun and Safe Leaders who are Wilderness First Responder Certified

Weather

• Professionally Outfitted Activities: ice climbing,

Average warm days and cool nights

June/July/August

High

Low

80

30

whitewater rafting, sea kayaking

Additional expenses: Students should have a small amount of money for incidentals such as souvenirs, gifts, showers, laundry and personal items. We recommend $60 per week for domestic trips and $75 for international programs.


Sign up for Northern Lights today! To apply for Northern Lights, please visit our website, www.moondanceadventures.com. You can access the online application by clicking on “Apply Now� on our homepage.

Learn more about the trip Do you want to know more about the Northern Lights trip? Someone in the Moondance office is ready to answer any questions you may have about the trip or any other trip you may be interested in. Feel free to call or email us, we are always happy to help. Contact us: www.moondanceadventures.com info@moondanceadventures.com 800.832.5229 PO Box 5020 Asheville, NC 28813

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