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Summer Visit

The cost of this trip is $400 and you must be in between your junior and senior year of high school to participate. The cost will cover any activity-specific gear, in-state transportation, food, lodging, and guides. In other words we’ll take care of each participant from the moment they arrive in Anchorage until they depart. Individuals will need to provide airfare, $400 to register for the trip, and personal spending money.

The 2013 Adventures in Alaska trip will take place July 18th through July 29th

This year we have planned an amazing rafting trip down the Copper River! The Copper River is a quiet and relaxing river that winds it’s way through some of the most pristine wilderness in North America.

There are frequent flights into Anchorage, Alaska (airport code ANC). We ask that participants arrive and depart within the specific times listed below. This minimizes the amount of time spent by the group at the airport and will make arrivals and departures easier for the participants.

Arrive-any time (12:01am-11:59pm) on Thursday, 7/18
Depart-any time (12:01am-11:59pm) on Monday, 7/29

  • July 18th – Arrive in Anchorage, AK. Welcome to Alaska! An Admissions representative will meet you at the airport and drive you back to campus to get settled in.
  • July 19th – We will get up early and explore the APU campus. The afternoon will be spent preparing for the rafting trip of a lifetime. Be sure to adhere to the equipment list provided within the registration packet.
  • July 20th – We will be leaving early for Copper Center, AK. We have a long drive ahead of us through some amazing terrain. Once we arrive in Copper Center we will load the boats with gear and have a short float down the Klutina river to the Copper River and our first campsite.
  • July 21st – July 27th – Float the Copper River to Flag Point near Cordova, AK.
  • July 28th – We have to catch the 7:30 am ferry from Cordova, AK to Whittier, AK. From Whittier we will drive through the longest tunnel in North America on our way back to campus. Upon returning to campus we will clean and put away the equipment.
  • July 29th – Departure day.

Please call if you have any questions about the trip cost, or the departure and arrival times.

Remember: Do not make any travel plans without confirming with the Admissions Office that your spot has been reserved on the trip.

These gear lists only cover the required gear for the field
You may bring clothing not on these lists for down time while in town and on campus

What Should I Bring?

You do not need to go and buy all of the most expensive equipment at your local gear store to go on the trip. However, it is essential that you are properly outfitted to stay safe. If your clothing/equipment is not adequate (as specified on this list), we will ask you to purchase it before departure. PLEASE contact us if you have any questions.

June in Alaska can be warm (70ºF) and sunny, but temperatures can dip down to 30 degrees and it can rain for weeks on end. We have placed an order for warm, sunny weather, but it is very important that you have the proper clothing for all these types of conditions.

Purchasing Equipment
Most of you will venture out into the Alaska Wilderness throughout your years at APU with Outdoor Programs, in your classes, or on your own. For that reason, we have added a bit more information on the kind of gear that will work best for you. To keep the costs low we recommend searching out the sale racks of your local gear store, your local army/navy store, Salvation Army, gear swaps in your area, and online deals at websites like or

On this trip there will be a limited amount of space in the van/kayak/tent for personal items. Please keep this in mind when packing for the trip and try not to bring additional items that aren’t mentioned.

General Clothing Notice
No Cotton. When cotton gets wet it loses all of its insulation value and it takes a very long time to dry. For this reason we encourage everyone to use wool or synthetics for most of your clothing. Adequate rain gear is also essential for survival in the Alaska Wilderness. Being wet and cold is dangerous in the backcountry because it can lead to hypothermia. Other than a baseball hat, do not bring anything cotton.

Outdoor Programs will provide tents, tarps, stoves, cooking equipment, and first aid kits in addition to activity specific gear.

You will need to bring the following:

  • 2-3 pair of heavier socks (wool or synthetic)
  • 1 pair of synthetic long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair of fleece pants or expedition weight long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair of quick drying pants
  • 1 pair of synthetic shorts
  • 2 synthetic long underwear tops (long sleeve)
  • 1 synthetic t-shirt
  • 2 warm thermal tops (fleece or wool)
  • 1 wind and waterproof coat with hood
  • 1 pair of lightweight wind and waterproof pants

Note: You may spend a lot of time in rain gear. Pants should be durable, well fitting, and light weight. The jacket shell absolutely needs a hood, preferably one that’s sewn on. Size your rain gear large enough so you can wear it over all your layers.

  • 1 baseball cap
  • 1 warm fleece or wool hat
  • 1 pair of light weight synthetic gloves
  • Shoes or boot you will feel comfortable hiking in with a light pack. PLEASE don’t bring new shoes/boots that you have not adequately broken in.
  • Thermal travel mug, plastic Tupperware-like bowl, spoon
  • 1 small toiletries bag
  • 2-one liter Nalgene like water bottles – large mouth is easier to pour water in
  • 1 Sleeping Bag rated to 20ºF.

If you do not have a sleeping bag we can provide one for you.

Optional Items

  • bug spray
  • Sunglasses, lip balm, sun-screen (water proof is best for kayaking and canoeing trips)
  • Bug head net
  • Utility knife
  • Nylon Stuff sacks
  • Camera – nothing you would be devastated to break or lose
  • Bandanna
  • Journal
  • Sandals or old tennis shoes for camp use
  • Crazy creek, sit pad or sleeping-pad chair kit
  • Headlamp or small flash-light
  • Good Book