Alaska Sea Kayak Touring
12 days paddling with a day each side for sorting out.
Intermediate to Advanced Expedition
(We would recommend that you complete a minimum of a 5 day sea kayak, wild camping expedition before joining this expedition).
- 14-day trip of which 12 day will be on expedition
- Travel from the REI shop in Anchorage to Whittier and return.
- Accommodation on the first and last night in Whittier
- Hire of composite boats, Buoyancy Aids, Spray-decks and Paddles.
- Charter boat to the start of the expedition
- 2 Leaders and a local guide
What’s NOT included:
- Flights or travel into and out from Anchorage for the start and finish of the trip.
- Food for the trip
- Camping & Cooking equipment kit (it is possible to hire it from Ryan)
Cost: The total cost is going to be estimated at £2,500 Per Person. As the season is very short in Alaska and in order to get the best boats we need to put a deposit down as soon as we can. We need a non-refundable deposit of £500 per person. The main point about committing to this early is the flights. I am reliably informed that the best time to get flights is a year before the day your due to fly.
There is also a bunch of pictures on Ryan’s website: www.paddlersrealm.com Article 1):
Description of trip:
Fly to Anchorage
Day One – Buy food and travel to Whittier by our private transport. Sort out kayaks and equipment then spend the night in accommodation in Whittier.
Day Two – Water Taxi from Whittier to the starting point for our trip. The 2-hour (65-mile) charter boat journey South, is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the Sound, and get a lay of the land for our adventure. The water taxi drops us off at a beautiful beach where we will set up a basecamp for the next 3 days. Once basecamp is set, we will go for a paddle to see a Kittiwake Rookery and search for wildlife.
Day Three – Day twelve – We plan to work our way from the Southwestern corner of Prince William Sound, starting in the South then paddle back to the Passage Canal and Whittier. Our goal will be to average 25 to 30 Kilometres a day, with some shorter and some longer days depending on weather, availability of camps and group strength.
Prince William Sound is beautiful, unique and the wildlife is just that, wild. As you will see below, there are a variety of routes we can take which we won’t know until our adventure is underway. Of course, we hope to see bears, whales, porpoise, sea lions and deer. Seals and Otter are pretty much guaranteed near the glaciers. For the birders out there, you won’t be disappointed as the Sound is abundant with sea and shore birds!
Day Thirteen – We will finish the trip back in Whittier for a sorting and cleaning equipment then celebratory meal and spend the night before heading back to Anchorage.
Day Fourteen – Travel back to Anchorage REI for your flights home.
Because we are traversing so much of Prince William Sound on this great trip, flexibility in response to the weather and group dynamics is essential. There is a basic route from South to North. The art and beauty is taking the route that is open to us based on these variables.
Please be aware that we ask all clients to be prepared for wet conditions throughout the trip. Also drysuits are mandatory and we would strongly recommend a tarp for over your tent as extra protection from any adverse weather.
The boats Ryan has for us are a mixture of SKUK Explorer and HV Explorer, Pilgrim Expedition and P&H Cetus both MV & HV.
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