WEMBA Alaska Venture
Your development as a backcountry traveler will begin with the basics. Learning to “live well” and to care for yourself, your fellow expedition members, your equipment and the environment in a variety of conditions are the foundation for advanced backpacking and the focus of our core curriculum. Early on, you will master camping, cooking and basic travel skills. In addition to navigating unimproved trails, and slopes of loose scree, you will also encounter and learn to negotiate patches of snow and ice. You will spend time practicing the skills necessary to live and travel responsibly in the challenging terrain. The hiking distances covered daily will vary, giving everyone a chance to get used to the heavy packs, and team travel.
As your experience builds, you’ll move into more technically demanding terrain, and you’ll be exposed to more advanced navigation techniques as the expedition continues. There will be days set aside for more physically and mentally challenging objectives. You will probably move camp 4-5 times.
Group dynamics and leadership are integral parts of the Venture. You will learn how to live and work closely with your course mates while you travel through the mountains. Having tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, willingness to work hard, and respect for your classmates will be critical to the success of the expedition as a whole.
There is high rigor during this expedition.
Costs & Equipment
The cost of the expedition is $3500 and includes all mountaineering gear.