Fall 2016 Trip Schedule!

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Fall 2016 Trips


Faculty, Staff, & Alumni





Fall Colors Canoe




We will be floating from Badger Road to downtown Fairbanks. Get a chance to explore this scenic stretch of river without the crowds of the lower Chena.



Chena Stand Up Paddle Board Float




What could be better than taking a Stand Up Paddle board through the heart of Fairbanks? Beginners welcome on this mello streatch of river.



Rock Climbing




Get in one last day at the rocks outside of Fairbanks.  Never climbed?  No problem this trip is for climbers of all levels to get out and enjoy moving over the limestone at Grapefruit Rocks.



Pinnell Mt. Backpacking




The Pinnell Mountain Trail follows a beautiful stark ridgeline in the heart of the White Mountains.  Almost the entire thirty mile trail is above tree line and this helps create awesome panoramic vistas all along this trail.  We will take three days to complete this classic Fairbanks area hike. 



Chena Grayling Fishing




Outdoor Adventures has partnered with the Alaska Fish and Game to provide students with the opportunity to get out fishing in the Interior.  We will take you out to the Chena River or one of the lakes in the area where you will have the best chance to catch some fish. The fall colors will be starting and it will be a great day out at the water fishing.   Transportation, fishing gear and expertise are provided.  (Students will need to have a fishing license to participate in this activity) 




Mt. Sugarloaf Hike




Join us as just outside Denali National Park as we climb Mt. Sugarloaf. Starting in the trees and brush the trail quickly breaks into the alpine tundra where, with luck and good weather, we will have views of the Alaska Range including Mt. Denali.




Nenana Rafting




Come rafting with us on some exciting class III waters of the Nenana River. A perfect thrill for anyone regardless of previous raft experience. 




Angel Rocks Hike/Soak




This is one of the classic hikes in the Interior.  The three mile loop trail climbs up to a group of large exposed granite outcroppings which are fun to explore before returning back down into the Chena river valley. After the hike we will driva a short distance to Chena Hotsprings for a relaxing soak. (Pool pass not included in trip price)



Delta Clear Water Paddle




Take a late season canoe trip down the crystal clear waters of the Delta Clearwater River. Salmon will be moving to their spawning grounds as migratory fowl head south for the winter.







Gulkana Glacier




We are going to explore the Gulkana Glacier and learn about traveling on this unique terrain. Glaciers are highways in and out off the mountains but pose their own difficulties in terms of traveling over them. The terrain they leave behind is characterized by large, steep moraines (piles of loose, sharp rock) often with ice underneath which can be the most challenging and frustrating hiking terrain anywhere. You will need sturdy (broken in) hiking boots, a good attitude, and good physical conditioning. Glaciers also create unique local environmental conditions like cold weather or severe sun glare so several warm layers and adequate sun coverage is essential. It is a 2-mile hike to the glacier’s terminus and then we’ll spend the day exploring different features of the glacier before heading out. Winter can come early in the mountains so we may encounter snow and wintery conditions



Cabin Overnight Hike




The Stiles Creek Cabin sits on the ridge high above the Chena River Valley.  This great fall hike gets you up high for some great walking and great views.  The warm cabin will offer a place to hang out and enjoy a fun social evening with people.  This is especially nice during the shoulder season because the weather can be unpredictable at best.  




Granite Tors Overnight Backpack




This scenic loop is a classic local overnight hike.  We will head up above tree line and explore the tors that randomly jut up into the alpine tundra.  After a long initial climb the trail rolls along the ridge and back around before dropping back into the Chena River valley.  The total loop is about fifteen miles so we may have a bit of extra time on the ridge to explore the rocks.  




Murphy Dome Hike/ Snowshoe




Get out on top of one of the highest points in the Fairbanks area.  Most of the hike is in the open tundra above tree line and this means that the vistas are awesome.  There are several small tors that are fun to explore out the ridge of the hike. 



Avalanche Awareness




Do you work or play in the mountains during winter? A lot of Alaskans do. A big part of accident prevention is preparing yourself with the tools necessary to make critical decisions, especially avalanche accidents.  A great way to brush up on your avalanche skills or learn them for the first time is to participate in a class. This winter we will again beoffering an awareness clinic covering planning and preparing, terrain evaluation and companion rescue.







Top Rope Throwdown




Come down and throw down at the UAF Top Rope Climbing competition. Haven't climbed long? Don't worry this comp is open and friendly to all ability levels. The format will be redpoint with the top three finishers announced in both male and female categories.




Wickersham Dome Snowshoe




We will head out to the White Mountains Rec area and take the summit trail up onto Wickersham Dome.  Hopefully the snow is plentiful and snowshoes are fun otherwise we will just hike it.  The trail climbs up into the open country above tree line and has great views of the Sawtooth Mountains and the Alaska Range.  After exploring the ridge top we will head back down the trail to the road.    




Wilderness First Aid




This sixteen hour course gives you the ASHA Wilderness First Aid Certification.  It is a great base of knowledge and skills for all people who get out in the woods here in Alaska.  The course takes you beyond the basic First Aid course and puts the information into a practical backcountry context.




Cabin Overnight




Ski with us as we venture out to the Colorado Creek Cabin in the Chena Rec Area.  This is a rustic old trapper’s cabin that is 7 miles out the valley on Colorado Creek.  Cabin trips allow for a fun and social wilderness experience even in the dark and cold of an interior winter.  This is a doable ski for most people even if you don’t have a lot of skiing experience.  Be sure to gaze upward, for this is a great time of year for aurora viewing!




Ice Climbing




Ever wanted to learn how to ice climb? This day trip is a great chance to get out and try this exciting activity.  Come climb a frozen waterfall surrounded by amazing Alaskan mountains.




Jack River Ski




Haven't tried skiing yet?  Want someone to show you around the beautiful campus ski trails?  Come out for an afternoon of skiing and fun right here on your own backyard ski trails.  Skis are included in the price of this trip. 








Ice Climbing




Last opportunity for ice climbing this semester. We will be climbing above the beautiful Nenana Canyon at either of the pristene Dragonfly or Fox Creek falls.




Chena Hotsprings Getaway




Take a day for yourself before the last push for finals. A trip to Chena Hotsprings is a perfect way to soak away all your troubles. We will enjoy a short ski before some well deserved time in the hotsprings. (hotsprings pool pass not included)







Active in the Alumni Association? If you have a current "Active Member" card, you can attend trips at the student rates.

Prices include: transportation, trip leaders, and use of Outdoor Adventures equipment. Prices for overnight trips include food. Contact us for additional information. 

All information subject to change!

Stop by the Outdoor Adventures office to sign up!

Refund Policy:

Payment in full is required to sign up for a trip.   A 100% refund is available if you notify the Outdoor Adventures Office of the cancellation more than two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the trip.   Cancellation one week to 3 days (13 to 3 days) before the trip entitles the participant to a 50% refund. No refund is provided if the participant does not show up or cancels 2 days prior start of a trip.

Contact us at (907)-474-6027

Email: uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu

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