Venture North // Alaska

Schools Icefield Adventure & conservation project, Alaska

Take on the challenge of the Harding Icefield!

Often called ‘The Last Frontier’ Alaska is truly an amazing country; enormous in size and scale, huge in terms of diversity, with almost never-ending opportunities – everything really is bigger in Alaska…

With its abundance of uninhabited, unexplored land, Alaska is home to eight national parks, some 100,000 glaciers, and more than 98 percent of the United States’ brown bear population. This unique expedition focuses on adventure and an exploration of the largest icefield in North America – The Harding Icefield on the Kenai Peninsula. In addition, our student teams will also undertake a worthwhile environmental project, delivered in partnership with the American Fish & Wildlife Service in a landscape that is equally as challenging and remote as the Icefield.

This expedition really is an incredible opportunity to experience, what feels like, a completely different world. Students will be supported by our experience leaders and be provided with first-hand knowledge from our in-country team, who will help them get the most out of this wonderful expedition.

This really is a journey of exploration, of both the fringes of the Harding Icefield and of students own boundaries.  The team carry all the food, equipment and fuel needed for them to live on the ice for between 10 -12 days.  Once a base camp is established the team undertake day journeys, to explore the valley glaciers flowing from the ice field, as well as climbing some of the Nunataks – rocky peaks standing above the ice.

Living, camping, on the ice is a challenge in itself; water is obtained by melting snow, toilets must be built, and all waste has to be carried out at the end of the trip.  Basic mountaineering skills are provided in pre-departure training and these are developed, along with glacier travel skills and snow survival techniques, over the course of the expedition. 

We work with selected partners who are specialists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

Previous Alaskan expedition projects have involved renovating an original Trappers log cabin, constructing footbridges and the rescue and renovation of a heritage steam engine.  Future Alskan project will ;

  • Be delivered in partnership with the AFWS as part of their ongoing annual work programme in the Kenai National Park
  • Usually be a one-off project to a remote and challenging environment, where the team are completely self sufficient for between 5 – 10 days
  • see students take the lead and manage the project through to fruition,  supported by our experienced leaders and the AFWS staff

It would be completely inappropriate to travel to Alaska without taking some time to explore the less wild places, the more ‘normal’ tourist destinations.  Anchorage has a huge array of attractions, as does Seward, if you don’t mind a little rain! We never let the weather hold us back at Venture Force!

Harding Icefield

This really is a journey of exploration, of both the fringes of the Harding Icefield and of students own boundaries.  The team carry all the food, equipment and fuel needed for them to live on the ice for between 10 -12 days.  Once a base camp is established the team undertake day journeys, to explore the valley glaciers flowing from the ice field, as well as climbing some of the Nunataks – rocky peaks standing above the ice.

Living and camping on the ice is a challenge in itself; water is obtained by melting snow, toilets must be built, and all waste has to be carried out at the end of the trip.  Basic mountaineering skills are provided in pre-departure training and these are developed, along with glacier travel skills and snow survival techniques, over the course of the expedition. 

Expedition Project

We work with selected partners who are specialists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

Previous Alaskan expedition projects have involved renovating an original trappers log cabin, constructing footbridges and the rescue and renovation of a heritage steam engine.  Future Alaskan projects will ;

  • Be delivered in partnership with the AFWS as part of their ongoing annual work programme in the Kenai National Park
  • Usually be a one-off project to a remote and challenging environment, where the team are completely self sufficient for between 5 – 10 days
  • see students take the lead and manage the project through to fruition,  supported by our experienced leaders and the AFWS staff

In-Country Activities

It would be completely inappropriate to travel to Alaska without taking some time to explore the less wild places, the more ‘normal’ tourist destinations.  Anchorage has a huge array of attractions, as does Seward, if you don’t mind a little rain! We never let the weather hold us back at Venture Force!

Most teams will put together their own programme for this, but the possibilities are endless and could include WWR, cultural visits or even panning for gold. To our amazement one of the popular ‘downtime’ activities on previous trips seems to have been a visit to Wal Mart, but this is not compulsory!

Most teams will put together their own programme for this, but the possibilities are endless and could include WWR, cultural visits or even panning for gold.  To our amazement one of the popular ‘downtime’ activities on previous trips seems to have been a visit to Wal Mart, but this is not compulsory!

Embrace the challenge and remember the unique experience!

Our aim is to take our student teams out of their comfort zone. This is a physically demanding trip with the possibility of some poor wintry weather.  Accommodation on the icefield and during the project phase will be in small 2/3 person tents.  While in the city of Anchorage, the team will stay in hostels.

We encourage all team members to get involved in every aspect of expedition life and, by doing so, students will get the most out of their developmental expedition.

KEY INFORMATION

All our expeditions are bespoke and tailored to your team's needs

Conservation Project

Ice Trekking/Climbing

Camping

Cultural Visits

Duration

14 to 28 Days (UK to UK)

  • International Flights
  • Two Venture Force expedition leaders
  • Two funded teacher places
  • 24/7 Operations Room support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (see our COVID info page)
  • International communications package
  • All in-country travel
  • In-country agent support
  • All in-country activities, food and accommodation
  • Team t-shirts
  • Heavy duty travel bag
  • Group kit and equipment
  • Online expedition portal
  • Carbon off-setting
  • Project donation (expedition dependent)
  • Training weekend (only for 14 day & above)
  • Personal vaccinations
  • Personal equipment (a kit list will be provided)
  • Visa costs and passport renewal (if applicable)
  • Spending money for gifts and additional drinks/food

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