Winter Expedition

After months of planning, the first winter expedition class will be held through the University of Alaska Anchorage HPER Department.

Here is the course info:

2 credit course through UAA

Only EIGHT (8) spots are available!

Cost: $1000 and that includes all course tuition and fees

This course took over a year of planning to develop and we are excited to offer this opportunity. This is the only course in the UAA system like this. You do not need to be a full-time college student to take part but you will need to be registered as a non-degree seeking student. Contact UAA for details on this. You will need departmental approval. If you are interested in going let me know and I can give you more info on how to get this.

Schedule

Early November: Registration more info on dates can be found here:  UAA Spring Calendar

January 20: Pre-trip planning. This class will meet 6-9pm at UAA and we will go over the trip, planning, logistics, training, gear, paperwork and more.

February 18-19: Boot Camp/Skills Assessment. This will be held at Team Ineka in Willow. We will spend a night in the woods and will teach you everything you need to know about fat bikes, snow machines, dog mushing and more.

We will start the trip on Saturday March 11 by meeting as a group at Team Ineka.

March 11: Eaglequest Lodge. We are renting a cabin here at Eaglequest and they are going to provide an all you can eat spaghetti dinner. Breakfast will be available the next morning before we hit the trail.

March 12: Eaglequest to Yentna Station. We will travel approximately 35-40 miles on the river to Yentna Station. We will be staying in one of the cabins. Food will be available. The folks at Yentna are know for their world famous burgers!

March 13: Yentna to Talvista. We will travel via river and trail to the Talvista Lodge were we will enjoy a comfortable night which includes a prime rib dinner and a bonfire. This segment is also 35-40 miles.

March 14: Talvista to Eaglesong. We will travel overland to the famous Eaglequest Lodge. Dinner will be available. This segment is also about 35 miles.

March 15: Eaglesong to Redshirt. We will travel overland and on the rivers as we head toward the Nancy Lake Recreation Area where we will be staying in one of the public use cabins near Red Shirt Lake. Meals will be on you. Again about 35 miles.

March 16: Willow/Depart. This will be the last day of our trip and a relatively short run from Red Shirt Lake, around the Willow Swamp Trail and ending at the Willow Community Center. We will then return back to Team Ineka to unload the dog teams and the gear.

March 20: Debrief/Trip reports. We will meet at 6-9pm at UAA. This is a college course so their will be homework! Each day will will have “assignments” that we talk about on the trail. We will ask participants to provide an evaluation and a course end assignment that is due on this night in class.

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