Backpacking Treks

 alaska range collage
 
This hike winds throughout the rugged Alaska Range, skirting the southern flanks of magnificent mountains and high glaciers. 
 After equipment familiarization, gear shakedown, and backcountry protocol training, you will be taken to the starting point near Kesugi Ridge. From there your guide will lead you on a true wilderness hike though the tundra in the Alaska Range, including Denali National Park. 
 
There are no developed trails here, so you will be choosing your own paths through the mountain passes and streams. Often Denali (Mt. McKinley) will reveal itself on the horizon. There are caribou, Dahl sheep, wolves, and moose in the area. Bald eagles and bear may also be spotted. 
 
The trip length is variable and determined by you! Choose between five and 50 miles. Hiking varies from easy to strenuous. 
 
 

backpacking

Are you looking for something that Philmont just couldn't give you? Alaska is home to some of the best backpacking in the world! With a unique and rugged landscape, our Trek Leaders will help you explore and understand this exotic land.

We offer backpacking treks that vary in level of difficulty. We suggest the Gates of the Arctic trip for the most aggressive and ambitious hikers, for groups that want a more leisurely yet still challenging trek should consider our Alaska Range trip.

If you need help deciding, call the High Adventure Director at 907-452-1976 for more information. I met him once.

 

Alaska Range (Denali State Park)

Pinnell Mountain (Steese National Conservation Area)

Prindle Mountain ( White Mountains national Recreation Area)

Gates of the Arctic (coming soon)

 

 

 

The Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail is probably the best known Interior trail outside of the region. The trek is entirely above tree line and offers sweeping views of the White Mountain and Steese National Conservation. 

The trail is rugged and remote. The remarkable wildlife and ancient rocks (some of the oldest exposed in Alaska) add to the area’s feeling of wilderness. Caribou from the Fortymile Herd are often seen in this area, so keep watch for them. The trek, part of the National Recreation Trail system, is not to be missed.

 
 
 

The premier Alaskan High Adventure outdoor experience for scouts. Backpacking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more!

Thank you for your interest in the programs of the Northern Lights High Adventure Base. The Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America, based in Fairbanks, Alaska, operates the Base.

The mission of the Base is to provide a remote outdoor experience to youth and adults within the Scouting program.

See more...

Northern Lights High Adventure Base Update

2019 Signups are now finalized. This year is going to be a busy season and hold many adventures for scouts from across the United States. 
 
We have Troops or Crews from as far away as Florida and Connecticut traveling this summer to experience as much of Alaska as possible! Some are headed down the Yukon River and others are hiking around Denali. Others still are trying their hand at catching Salmon and Gold panning. They run a serious risk of filling their tummies and possibly striking it rich! 
 
Whatever adventure and thrills they are seeking.  The High Adventure Base treks really get out and around this year as well. We will be visiting the villages or cities of Homer, Valdez, Denali, Eagle, Circle, Anchorage and Fairbanks as well as throughout the Alaskan, Chugach, Yukon and White Mountain Ranges.  
 
We are confident they will have memories of this years visit to Alaska for the rest of their lives! AlaskacompareUSAmap

Product of the Month!

HA fleece front

Category: FAQs

Ready to plan Trip. How do I make a reservation?

1042

The first step to planning your Northern Lights High Adventure Expedition is to answer the following questions:
1) Which trek do we want to attend? See pg. 7 for more information on the treks.
2) What day do we want to arrive? Arrival dates are flexible on a first come, first serve basis.
3) How long of a trip do we want? From 3 days to 3 weeks we have an option for you!
4) How many crews will we need? Some trips are restricted in size due to land use permits. See fee section for more details.
Once you have answered all of the above questions, contact NLHA to make your reservation. After reserving your trip, you will have 3 weeks to turn in your $330 deposit per crew (note: if making reservation after January 1, we require a $1,100 deposit per crew).

 

What are the Requirements to Attend NLHA?

tangle 2

 

Each Crew must have:
➢ A minimum of two adults (one of which must be at least 21 years of age and registered with the BSA). There are no gender restrictions for leadership except for co-ed Exploring post or Venturing crews, which must have both male and female leadership 21 years old or older.
➢ 1 adult leader trained in the following:
o Wilderness First Aid (16 hour course)
o CPR
o Weather Hazards
o Safe Swim Defense
o Safety Afloat
➢ All adult leaders must be trained in Youth Protection

All participants:
➢ Must be 14 years of age or have completed 8th Grade upon arrival at NLHA
➢ Must weigh 100 LBS and no more than 295 LBS- more information on pg. 20
➢ Must have a current (within 12 months) and complete BSA Health and Medical Record
➢ Must be classified as a BSA swimmer*
➢ Must be a registered Boy Scout, Explorer or Venturer
*Swim Checks will be done at Lost Lake Camp by our Life Guards in order to verify that participants are able to swim in Alaskan waters.

Category: Resources

Trail Programs and Policies-part 3

Swimming and Diving

All swimming and water activities must be done in accordance with the BSA Safe Swim Defense policy. In addition, water shoes, a lifejacket and a swimsuit or shorts must be worn by all swimmers at all times.

1091

Diving is prohibited at the NLHA per the BSA Safe Swim Defense policy. Therefore, all entry into the water must be feet first or by wading into the water. Jumping feet first into the water is allowed from rocks or ledges no 

greater than 40 inches above the surface of the water and if the water is clear and the depth of the water is at least 7 feet deep. Persons should not jump into water from heights higher than they are tall, and should jump only into water chest deep or greater with minimal risk from contact with the bottom.

No elevated entry is permitted where a person must clear any obstacle, including land. Lifejackets must be worn at all times.

Cliff Jumping

Jumping into the water from any height greater than 40 inches above the surface of the water is prohibited.

 

 

Canoeing Trek Equipment List

 click image to open/download the Canoeing/Kayaking Trek Equipment List

Canoeing Equipment

 Also needed are Water Filters (we recommend MSR or Katadyn)

 

Trail Programs and Policies-part 5

Tobacco

The use of tobacco is never permitted within the line of sight of youth. No smoking is permitted in any NLHA building or vehicle. Each base has a single established tobacco use area.

Alcohol and Drugs

Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or misuse of prescribed drugs is prohibited. Groups or individuals found in violation of this national policy of the Boy Scouts of America will be sent home immediately, as arranged with the council office or parent.smoking rifle

Firearms and Fireworks

Shooting firearms are not allowed at Northern Lights High Adventure. Do not bring firearms or archery equipment with you. Fireworks are a safety hazard and are prohibited by NLHA. Leave them at home.

 

 

Reservations Category

Email Subscription

A: 1400 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

T: (907) 452-1976

E: clinton.stewart@scouting.org

W: high.alaskahighadventure.com

Go to top