In May - June 2017, I went on a trip with NOLS in the Alaskan backcountry.
The first two weeks was kayaking in the Prince William Sound; where we kayaked 94 nautical miles (about 110 miles), walked on a glacier in rubber boots, and saw too many otters, seals, and eagles to count.
Second was backpacking through the Southern Talkeetna Range north-east of Palmer. There we hiked 64 miles on and off trail. Bushwhacking, ascending peaks, and watching a moose go for a swim are just a few of the amazing things we did.
These four weeks were some of the most challenging weeks of my life, but I could not imagine having not experienced them. The people that I met and the things that we accomplished together will be with me for the rest of my life.
Entry Cove, Our First Beach
Our aptly named group The Eagles found this Bald Eagle carcass on a beach after our first day of paddling in downpouring rain.
Sabrina and Zack Enjoying the Rain as Best They Can
Apparent Remnants of an Old Mining Facility
A NOLS Meal
Our Only Campfire
Zack Keeping His Fire Going Just Until The Tide Takes It Away
Shenanigans Below Harriman Glacier
Atop the Glacier
Dusk Light on the Chugach Mountains
A Hunter's Collection
Looking Down East Boulder Creek
A NOLS Group Dinner
Looking Down East Boulder Creek, From Atop the Pass of Mt. Monarch
Olivia, Corinna, and Caio, Taking a Break From the Drainages Along Chitna Creek