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Alaska & Arctic Canada

Magazine article Sierra

Alaska & Arctic Canada

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Witness a frontier of breathtaking mountains, midnight sun, and abundant wildlife on an outing to Alaska or Canada's Far North. All trips provide a wide range of opportunities for studying a fascinating diversity of wildlife and flora. Trips vary widely in terms of physical challenge, required skills, necessary gear, and expenses. Request a trip brochure for more information.

Birds and Wildlife of Alaska: Exploring the Last Frontier. May 27-June 11. Alaska is North America's ultimate birding and wildlife destination. Visiting the Kenai, Nome, Thompson Pass, and Denali, we'll explore taiga and tundra, mountains and marsh, shorelines, rainforest, and ocean. Travel will be by van, boat, and foot in search of Alaska's specialty birds and mammals--puffins, eagles, musk-ox, orcas, loons, bears, humpbacks, gyrfalcons, and even bristle-thighed curlews. Staying in hotels and rustic lodges. Leaders: John O'Donnell and Carol Dienger. Price: $2,895; Dep: $200. [99020A]

High Romanzof Mountain Adventure, Arctic Wildlife Refuge. June 6-18. These mountains define the remoteness and grandeur of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Explore two river valleys surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the area. TraVel from valley floors to lofty peaks, from mountain streams to their glacier source. Witness summer's return as birds, wildlife, and wildflowers assemble under the enchanting midnight sun. This naturalist-led, moderately strenuous backpack focuses on understanding the Arctic ecosystem and identifying its plant and animal inhabitants. Leaders: Bill Gomez and Ed Debevec. Price: $1,995; Dep: $200. [99021A]

Bartlett Lake Service Trip, Glacier Bay Park and Preserve. June 7-17. See description in the Service section on page 92 for more details. Leader: Bill Glenn. Price: $755; Dep: $100. [99307A]

Caribou Special: Arctic Wildlife Refuge Backpack. June 8-19. This backpacking trip is timed to coincide with the annual migration of the porcupine caribou herd. We will begin close to the herd's calving grounds along the Jago River on the coastal plain and work our way up into the impressive mountains of the Brooks Range. We'll have many opportunities to view caribou, sheep, and flowering tundra, and experience the midnight sun and serenity of a true wilderness. Leaders: Carol Hake and Gary Keir. Price: $1,995; Dep: $200. [99022A]

John Muir Society Outing. Summer Solstice: An Alaskan Overland to Denali and Kenai Fjords Parks. June 12-25. See the featured box on page 58 for more details. Coordinator: Carol Dienger Price: $4,495; Dep: $200. [99100A]

Yukon Solstice Canoe Tour, Yukon,Territory, Canada. June 20-27. Our summer solstice on the Yukon River takes us on an exciting 200-mile float, camping on islands and stream banks. Along the way, we watch for river otters, moose, fox, and bear, see relics of the Klondike Gold Rush, and visit a restored fort, an Athabascan village, and backcountry homesteaders. Suitable for beginner-intermediate paddlers. Canoe rental included. Leader: Bill Shecket. Price: $1,195; Dep: $200 [99106A]

Bartlett Lake Service Trip, Glacier Bay Park and Preserve, Alaska. June 20-30. See description in the Service section on page 92 for more details. Leader: Dennis Grzezinski. Cook: Deborah Northcutt. Price: $755; Dep: $100. [99314A]

Tatshenshini-Alsek River Expedition: Glaciers, Grizzlies, and Eagles, British Columbia, Canada and Glacier Bay Park. July 3-12. See description in the Raft section on page 88 for more details. Leader: Herb Grench. Price: $1,995; Dep: $200. [99276A]

Alaska Sampler: Traveling Base Camp, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords Parks. July 5-17. A gentle introduction to the splendor of Alaska, our expedition takes us through its diverse treasures. We experience many environments from fjords to ice fields to the highest mountain in North America. Traveling by van, boat, and sea kayak, this is a trip for those seeking a leisurely introduction to Alaska's varied topography and wildlife. …

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