Is there an age limit for the youth?
All youth must be 13 years old by May 1st of the year of the trek.
What services does UHA provide…food, transportation, gear?
UHA provides all transportation including pick up and drop off at the airport. UHA provides all food and stoves and fuel for preparing it. UHA will provide bear canisters for the group and other specialized equipment such as rafts and kayaks.
What gear should we bring?
Please see the gear list provided on the site depending on the type of expedition you are doing.
Do we need to bring bear spray?
All of the UHA guides have bear spray with them, so it is not necessary for leaders and youth to acquire it.
Does UHA provide transportation to and from the airport, even if we arrive and depart at crazy times like 1 AM?
Yes…and it will even be light outside at that time, so get ready for an interesting experience.
Is there a limit to the number of people we can bring up?
All rafting, sea kayaking and hiking expeditions are set up to have 12 participants and the Tour of Alaska expeditions are set up to have 14 participants. Additional participants may come, but it is to your advantage budget wise to have increments of 12 or 14 based on the expedition you choose.
Can we ship our gear and bags to the council office in advance so we don’t have to travel with them?
"Kesugi Ridge was a once in a lifetime hike. Absolutely beautiful. Waking up to the view of Mt McKinley was unbelievable. Be prepared it is a tough hike but worth it!"
Troop 530 Event Coordinator
"Sea Kayaking and [Exit Glacier] hike to Harding Ice Field was spectacular, and really showcased an Alaska adventure at its best. The Glacier hike, the river rafting was quite good as well. Deep Sea Fishing was wonderful with the whales swimming around us.
I highly recommend that if a Troop does decide to take a high adventure to Alaska, they consider using the services of the Great Alaska Council to help organize the food, transportation, tents, cooking gear, fishing gear, boat rentals, etc. We plan to use them again in the future."
Venturing Crew 211Committee Chair