Our challenging backpacking foray takes us into some of the most spectacular mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Grizzlies, wolves, Dall sheep, musk oxen, and caribou roam this jagged landscape, which we'll enter from the Dalton Highway. Without the high cost of bush flights, this is a chance to see America's last great wilderness at a more affordable price.
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Visit the tundra haunts of this gentle arctic beast, where we'll observe brilliant wildflowers in bloom and newborn calves sheltering beside their mothers. From high ridges, we'll enjoy splendid views of the Chukchi Sea and search the landscape for northern birds and bands of musk oxen while basking in the endless daylight of the midnight sun.
Experience Ireland through the eyes of four of its master storytellers. We'll walk the streets of James Joyce's Dublin, sail to John M. Synge's remote Aran Islands, hike Hazel Woods to Yeats' "Lake Isle of Innisfree," and explore Patrick Kavanagh's rural County Monaghan. A literary guide accompanies us on our pilgrimage across the Emerald Isle, as we combine sightseeing and hiking for a remarkable cultural adventure.
Spend three and a half days (four nights) exploring the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid. Activities will focus on hiking, but will include some quiet paddling, swimming, and visiting points of interest that are historic, culinary, or otherwise fun. At roughly 6 million acres, this is one of the largest parks in the country, with hundreds of peaks, hundreds of lakes, and 1.3 gazillion trees. We’ll only cover a small amount of that area, but that includes some of its best parts. The hikes will be generally moderate, with one being somewhat (not too) strenuous. Participants may opt out of any activity.
>> Lodging: We’ll be staying at the wonderful Adirondak Loj (www.adk.org/page.php?pname=adirondak-loj) on Heart Lake, in a gorgeous setting, with trailheads leading to wilderness from the front door. The lodge includes a large lounge with fireplace, dining room, bathrooms and showers, parking, free (but weak) wifi, and no TVs! Beds are bunks in a 6-person bunkroom or 12-person loft. Costs for four nights, including four full breakfasts (special diets accommodated), towels and linens, and room and sales taxes are $286 (bunkroom) and $245 (loft). Swimming and canoe/kayak rentals are available at the lake. Check out the slideshow at http://tinyurl.com/dxccwd5.
>> Additional costs, including travel and food, are the responsibility of participants. Lunches and dinners may be purchased at the lodge for $9 and $19 each, respectively. No pets are allowed. Contact Mike (Michael.email@example.com) for more information. The trip is limited to 10 people and requires a non-refundable $100 deposit to reserve.
Help eradicate non-native plants in the scenic wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula. We'll backpack in with our personal gear, food, and commissary equipment, hike to work sites, and spend evenings on beautiful walks and relaxing at camp. After completing our project, we'll travel to Seward and take the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park boat tour among wildlife and glaciers.
Help remove the noxious Cheatgrass weed in this land of volcanic fire, glacial ice, and ancient rivers. We'll backpack in and enjoy the wonders of Rainbow Falls, the Postpile, and hotsprings.
Camp, hike, and explore at Salton Sea State Park. Stay two nights at the Desert Inn in Palm Springs. Cost is $295 and includes the fees, the motel (dbl and includesbreakfast), the tram ride, and food in camp. Contact Bev Full at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-221-2554.
Come traverse the wildlife-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge into the broad river valleys and spectacular glaciated high peaks of the Brooks Range. This once-in-a-lifetime trip will travel through the "biological heart" of the Refuge, where we expect to see the migrating Porcupine caribou herd, dozens of migratory bird species, wolves, brown bears and perhaps a wolverine.
O: Gobbler’s Knob (6955'), Wright Mtn (8505'): Did you know that June 19 is Juneteenth? “Juneteenth day celebrates and symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. But, it was not until June 19, 1865 that all slaves were finally freed.” A little bit of history with your hike as we follow the Pacific Crest Trail to the high point of Blue Ridge, the link between the Mt San Antonio and Mt Baden-Powell areas. Total 6 miles with 2200' gain; other peaks possible. Please bring lugsoles, layers, liquids, lunch and hat. For trip details contact email@example.com. Leaders Peter and Ignacia Doggett
O: Cleghorn Mt (5333'), Cajon Mt (5360'), Sugarpine Mt (5478'), Bailey Pk (5699'), Monument Pk (5290'): Five easy walks on dirt road and rough trail totaling 5 miles roundtrip with 1020' of gain to peaks near Hesperia. High clearance 4WD advised. Slow to moderate pace. Bring food, water, and 10 essentials. Contact leaders for status and details. Leaders: BILL SIMPSON, BRUCE CRAIG.
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