Alaska 2019-03-12T17:41:17+00:00

Alaska Expedition

Expedition Outline

Alaska is one of the last true wildernesses in the World. We will spend 8 days and 7 nights out in the majestic Prince William Sound. The area is well known for its amazing marine life and calving Glaciers.

Taking everything we need to survive with us in our fibreglass sea kayaks we will first explore the Sound looking out for Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions and possibly even Bears, we will most certainly see many the American Bald Eagle as we paddle past waterfalls cascading into the sea from the many glaciated hanging valleys. At the end of each days paddling we shall be setting up camp in a true wilderness setting.

Experience needed

What ever option the group and expedition guide decides upon, it needs to be realised that the expedition is pitched at the intermediate level of sea kayaker, daily distances covered, will vary between days and although will be dependant on energy levels within the group and the prevailing weather conditions, we would expect members of the expedition to be able to comfortably manage somewhere between 15 & 20 nautical miles per day, with occasional days possibly exceeding this slightly. If you are familiar with the ISKGA, EPP or BCU systems, then you should be at or around the level 3 standard of skill.

To get the most out of the expedition you should be physically fit and have experience of camping from your sea kayak. One of the biggest challenges apart from the daily distances is the remote camping and so you should have experience and be comfortable camping in the wild. Bears are an indigenous species and strict campsite discipline is required where food is concerned.

If you have any questions regarding the required ability please feel free to get in touch. We would recommend that if you have no previous expedition experience that you attend one of our expedition training courses or contact me personally to create a programme to get you at the required level.

Experience needed

What ever option the group and expedition guide decides upon, it needs to be realised that the expedition is pitched at the intermediate level of sea kayaker, daily distances covered, will vary between days and although will be dependant on energy levels within the group and the prevailing weather conditions, we would expect members of the expedition to be able to comfortably manage somewhere between 15 & 20 nautical miles per day, with occasional days possibly exceeding this slightly. If you are familiar with the ISKGA, EPP or BCU systems, then you should be at or around the level 3 standard of skill.

To get the most out of the expedition you should be physically fit and have experience of camping from your sea kayak. One of the biggest challenges apart from the daily distances is the remote camping and so you should have experience and be comfortable camping in the wild. Bears are an indigenous species and strict campsite discipline is required where food is concerned.

If you have any questions regarding the required ability please feel free to get in touch. We would recommend that if you have no previous expedition experience that you attend one of our expedition training courses or contact us to create a programme to get you at the required level.

Location and times

Expedition members need to arrive in Anchorage by the night of the 13th July. The team will meet at the REI store Anchorage at 1000 on the morning of the 14th July where they will make any last minute camping purchases such as Gas, dehy etc, before driving to a local food store for fresh provisions.

From Anchorage we shall then drive to Hope. Hope is a unique Alaskan mining town at the edge of Cook Inlet and here the team will spend the rest of the day preparing equipment, spending the night in a traditional Alaskan log cabin and sampling the local beers whilst listening to live music at the Seaview pub.

On the morning of the 15th July we shall head out into Prince William Sound to spend seven nights under canvas, returning back into Hope on the 22nd July where we will be picked up and return to Hope to de-kit, spending the last night together before departing back to Anchorage on the morning of the 23rd July.

What to bring:

If you have your own paddling equipment, such as PFD's and Dry Suits, it is recommended that you bring these with you.

Included in the outfitting are Fibre Glass Sea Kayaks, Paddle's, spray decks, and PFD's. If you wish to hire any other equipment from the Outfitter you can do so, but this will be by prior arrangement and you will need to contact him directly at: Info@turnagainkayak.com

It is expected that all expedition members will have their own camping equipment and have had previous expedition/camping from a sea kayak experience. Eating is self provisioned/contained although there are often Salmon to be caught in the sound and group meals do often occur.

The weather can be changeable in Alaska and although on previous years expeditions we have experienced something of a heat wave this is not the norm, you may wish to include pogies and storm cags for extra warmth if needed and wellies make for great camp boot..

If the UK pound is strong against the Dollar, you may wish to purchase some items of gear in the US. The REI can with prior notice get into store merchandise on order for you, which can then be picked up prior to leaving Anchorage. The outfitter we use for our Alaska Expedition can also hire out tents, tarps and cookers etc, please let us know when booking just what you require so that we can avoid confusion and disappointment upon arrival.

Please, when booking onto the Alaskan Expedition you inform us of your height and weight so that we can reserve a sea kayak that will be suitable for your physique.

Other notes:

Wild Life: Bears - Due to the presence of Black Bears (and occasional Brown Bear) in the sound, strict food discipline is maintained throughout the expedition. Bears should not overly concern you, in almost twelve years of guiding in the Sound, we have never had a negative Bear encounter and have only seen them around camp on three separate occasions so far.

We should see Humpback Whale, Orca, Sea Lion/seals and Otters during the expedition and Bald Eagles will be a regular occurrence.

For further details on this expedition please email us at: info@seakayakingcornwall.com

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What it includes

The expedition fee includes Kayaks, paddles, PFD/BA and spray deck, as well as instruction where necessary.

We can also supply tents, sleeping bags and stoves should you need them, but this will need to be ordered from our outfitter and the costs will be an added expense extra.

The price does not include accommodation on the first and last night but this has been reserved for you so please bring $200USD to pay for this.

The plan is not to have to use the boat shuttle service at the end of the expedition, if we need to employ the use of a boat shuttle for any reason there will be a surcharge for this service. This is not included in the price.

The price does not include your flights out to Anchorage, the shuttle to Hope and return journey to Anchorage.

You should make sure you have adequate travel insurance for your travel and for your time in the USA.

There are on line visa requirements for non US residents through the ESTA programme so please ensure you have fulfilled immigration requirements.