Bearfoot Theory Group Tour: Join me in Alaska on a 10-day Backpacking Adventure! (August 17-26)

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Join me on a 10-day Alaska Backpacking Trip! (August 17-26)

Have you dreamed of exploring true Alaska wilderness? This August, I’ll be spending 10-days on an Alaska backpacking trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures (awarded “Best of Travel” by Outside Magazine), through one of the most remote National Parks in America, and I want YOU to join me! Lake Clark National Park is home to huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special.

What won’t you find in Lake Clark National Park? CROWDS! While over 500,000 tourists flock to Denali every summer, Lake Clark National Park remains truly wild is one of America’s most remote National Parks. It can only be reached by bush plane, and much of the terrain we will cover is off-trail. Lake Clark also has more predictable weather, wildly diverse terrain, and a high likelihood of (safely) seeing bears, moose, and caribou in their natural habitat.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain extensive backpacking experience in an incredible destination, with a fun group of like-minded people from the Bearfoot Theory community. So grab your pack and come join us in Alaska this August!

Check out the details below and reserve your spot on this epic Alaska backpacking trip before it fills up!

••• Alaska Backpacking Trip Itinerary Highlights •••

Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!

Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography

Alaska Alpine Adventures considers their Turquoise High Glacier Route (click the link for more details and photos) in Lake Clark National Park their most quintessential Alaska backpacking route.  This trip departs from Anchorage, and once everyone arrives and gear checks are complete, we will board a bush plane for the beautiful flight to Lake Clark. After eating lunch on the shoreline, we will board another plane, this time a float plane, bound for Telaquana Lake where we will begin our hike.

We will spend the next 8 days hiking up and over glaciers, through vertical canyons, past huge waterfalls, and across some of the most stunning alpine tundra in Alaska. We will pass through three different watersheds – Telaquana Lake, Turquoise Lake, and the famed Twin Lakes – home to some of the bluest water you can imagine. Most days we will move to a new campsite, with a couple of layover days built in for day hikes, to give our backs a rest.

Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography
Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography

On day 9, we’ll arrive at Hope Creek, the location of the famous log cabin hand-built by Alaska naturalist Dick Proenneke who lived alone there in the wilderness for 30 years.  After poking around there, a float plane will be there to pick up and fly us to Port Alsworth, where we will check into lakeside cabins at the Farm Lodge for the night and our final celebratory dinner.

On day 10, we will go on one last final day hike before boarding a charter flight back to Anchorage.

Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography
Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography

••• About Alaska Alpine Adventures •••

I chose Alaska Alpine Adventures to lead this Alaska backpacking trip because they are one of the highest rated wilderness guiding companies in Alaska. They pioneered the Turquoise High Glacier route in 2006 and have been taking people just like us on this itinerary ever since.

Alaska Alpine Adventures has stellar ratings and have been awarded “Best of Travel” by both Outside Magazine and National Geographic. Reviews consistently state how awesome the food is, a critical factor to happiness on an extended backpacking trip like this. Food for the trip is prepared by Adventure Appetites, a local Alaska company that prepares gourmet backpacking food. No dehydrated Mountain House meals on this trip folks 😉

The trip is all-inclusive, and for our group of 9 people, we will have two professionally trained, Wilderness Responder certified guides. From the morning we meet until we return to Anchorage, you won’t have to take out your wallet. That means all bush flights, food, expedition-quality group gear, and lodging at the Farm Lodge on our final night is included. The only things not included are flights to Anchorage, any lodging in Anchorage before and after the trip, personal gear (clothes, sleeping bag, etc), and gratuities. Some personal gear is also available for rent if you are missing a few items.

Finally, I’m making a bigger effort to partner with companies that are giving back, and Alaska Alpine Adventures is a 1% for the Planet company. That means they donate 1% of their gross revenues to Alaska-based conservation organizations every year. They are also strict practitioners of Leave No Trace, and throughout the trip, we will all learn simple tricks to becoming better stewards.

Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography

••• How Much Experience do you Need? •••

Alaska Alpine Adventures rates this trip a 3/5 in terms of difficulty. You will be expected to load and unload your own gear, carry a portion of the group gear, and manage your own physical comfort and well-being. You should be capable of carrying a heavy load uphill, and previous backpacking experience is recommended. There are no bathrooms, no showers, and we will be camping in very remote areas….if that doesn’t sound fun, then this backpacking trip probably isn’t for you, and you should check out my Southern Utah car camping and hiking tour in May instead.

Whoa that sounds hard, but I’m intrigued….

Yes, this trip is going to be a good challenge, no doubt, and the better shape you are in before the trip, the more fun you are going to have. That said, you’ll be with a supportive group of people and very experienced guides, and it’s not a competition. Part of the reason to go is to push yourself and show yourself what you are capable of. (I am confident that the people who joined me on the last group trip to Everest Basecamp would agree). This is also a great opportunity to take your backpacking skills to the next level and to see exactly how our pro guides do it.

Also, remember the trip isn’t until late August, meaning you have from now until then to mentally and physically prepare and to get your gear dialed. If you’ve been looking for some motivation to push yourself, this trip is an incredible reason to make it happen.

If you have any questions about whether this trip is right for you, just get in touch and we can chat!

••• How to Sign Up for the Bearfoot Theory Alaska Backpacking Trip •••

Lake Clark National Park // Come backpacking with me! In August I'll be spending 10 days backpacking in one of Alaska's wildest National Parks, led by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Join us for the opportunity to get some extensive backpacking experience under your belt and experience huge mountain vistas, wide open tundra, glaciers, the bluest of lakes, and the awesome wildlife that makes Alaska so special!Photo: Andrew Peacock @Footloosephotography

To sign up for the Bearfoot Theory / Alaska Alpine Adventures backpacking trip in Lake Clark National Park, book directly through the Alaska Alpine Adventures website! The trip will be limited to 8 people, so sign up now to reserve your spot!

Here are the basic details of the group trip:

Dates: August 17-26, 2017

Departing from: Anchorage

Detailed trip itinerary: Alaska Alpine Adventures Turquoise High Glacier Route

Price: $3,650 per person

I’m so excited to meet some of you and to spend 10 days in the Alaska wilderness together! If you have questions about whether of this backpacking trip is right for you, shoot me an email and we’ll chat!

THANKS AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ALASKA! 

Bearfoot Theory

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Hi! I'm Kristen....blogger, hiker, sunset-watcher, and dance floor shredder. I feel most alive in the outdoors and created this website to help you enjoy the best that the West has to offer.

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  1. Hi, I’m interested.
    Do you supply the backpacks?

      Hi Kathy – Great to hear you are interested. You need to bring your own backpack. That’s better anyways because it ensures a good fit and that your pack will be comfortable.

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