LGBT+ Outdoors Trip Spend a week getting to know Alaska from a unique perspective and learn how to paddle up to Class II whitewater! Connect with like-minded individuals and nature in a new way.

 

HOST: Justin Yoder; LGBT Outdoors Founder, Jule Harle; Alaska Packrafting School Owner and Justin Bickley; Ambassador and Alaska Packrafting School Staff

ACTIVITY: Packrafting, Hiking

LOCATION: Anchorage / Manitoba / Kenai Peninsula

DATES: July 16-22nd, 2024

COST: $2,200 per person. *Does not include your flight to and from Anchorage.

LIMIT: min 5 people, max 8

Join us for a memorable week of road-based adventure, camaraderie, and the untamed beauty of Alaska. It's more than a trip; it's a chance to connect with nature and like-minded individuals. Secure your spot for a journey promising breathtaking landscapes, lasting memories, and friendships. Don't miss this unique Alaskan experience!

Thanks to Alaska's long summer days, our road-based exploration allows plenty of time for hikes and post-packrafting adventures. Stay comfortably in dry cabins and share group meals, creating a sense of camaraderie. Each area we explore is incredibly scenic, offering numerous opportunities for adventure in nature's grandeur.

 

SCHEDULE

Please note, while we do have a schedule, things change, especial in Alaska and with the weather. Please be prepared to roll with any punches that may come our way and we will do our best to make this a trip of a lifetime!

Pre-Trip Virtual Meetups (2):

  • Join our Zoom Meetings weeks before Arrival in Alaska

  • Get to know your fellow adventurers, discuss expectations, and receive expert advice on gear.

  • Date and Time: TBA

 

Day 1: Tuesday, July 16th - Anchorage Arrival  

- Gather at our cozy AirBnB in Anchorage for introductions

- Head to REI and do a grocery run to gear up for the exciting days ahead

- Unwind with a group dinner, sharing stories and building connections

- This first night, we will be sleeping at an AirBnB in Anchorage

 

Day 2: Wednesday, July 17th - Packrafting Orientation & River Running Fundamentals 

Morning Location: Lake near Anchorage AK

  • Meet n’ Greet!  Team & Instructor Introductions

  • Flatwater Foundations Lake Session:

    • Packraft 101: Gear intro, paddling & safety

    • Gear basics: equipment & terminology (boat, paddle, PFD, drysuit, clothes)

    • Stowing gear & rigging for rivers

    • Paddle techniques, body mechanics & boat control

    • Wet exit & re-entry techniques/self-rescue

    • Assisted & group rescue techniques

    • Group game

    • Debrief & the week ahead!

Afternoon Location: Eagle River, Briggs Bridge Greenbelt Trailhead Chugach State Park

  • Meet at the trailhead parking lot. Here we discuss packraft hiking basics (“raft-packing!”) and answer questions before packing up our gear and hiking to the river section put-in. The 2 mile hike is relatively flat with a trail the entire way.

  • We go over paddle techniques & safety concerns/situational hazards for moving water before launching. Then the river becomes our classroom: paddling 3.2 miles of class I while refining boat control & paddle strokes along the way.

 

Day 3: Thursday, July 18th - Eagle River Adventure 

  • Continue your packrafting adventure on a different section of Eagle River

  • Marvel at the scenic beauty as you hone your paddling skills

  • Share stories around the campfire at the dry cabin in Eagle River

 

Day 4: Friday, July 19th - Portage Creek Scenic Packraft Day

  • Embark on an unforgettable packrafting experience along Portage Creek

  • Navigate through pristine waters surrounded by Alaska's untamed wilderness

  • Relish the evening at a yurt in Manitoba, reflecting on the day's adventures

 

Day 5: Saturday, July 20th - Kenai Peninsula Packraft Day

  • Dive into another day of packrafting, this time exploring one of the beautiful rivers on the Kenai Peninsula

  • Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and embrace the thrill of the waterways

  • Conclude the day with a peaceful evening at the Yurt in Manitoba

 

Day 6: Sunday, July 21st - Hike Adventure Day  

  • Choose an adventure as a group from a variety of beautiful hikes along the road back to Anchorage

  • Reflect on the week's escapades during a comfortable stay at an AirBnB in Anchorage

 

Day 7: Monday, July 22nd - Depart Anchorage

Dates

July 16-22nd, 2024

Length

5 Days (1 travel day on either end)

Location

Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska

Cost: $2200

Tuition includes lodging, travel, most food, guide services, and packrafting gear

 

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