Most of our guests fly into Anchorage. Many flights arrive late
at night, which may be fine for an early morning start on Day 1, depending
on where you are flying from and how jet-lagged you may be. Keep in mind
the first day may be quite long and physically demanding.
The Morning of Your Trip
We can pick you up from accommodation in downtown or midtown (please don't
book accommodation in South Anchorage). We send a detailed email with
your trip start day logistics about a 7-10 days before the trip. We generally
pick up folks between 7.30 and 8.30am on the first day of the trip. Timing
is very tight and we choreograph the pickups by location. It's very important
you are packed and ready to go at the time we give you.
Don't Cut it Too Tight
Keep in mind that with increasing challenges to the airline industry,
it seems like more flights are delayed. If you arrive late and miss the
pick up on the morning of Day 1, you will very likely miss the first 3
days of your trip if it includes sea kayaking.
If your trip with us starts with kayaking, it will be
difficult, expensive and perhaps impossible for you to catch up with the
group if you arrive late. Any expenses will be your responsibility, please
Traveling After the Trip
We usually plan to return to Anchorage anytime between 5
pm and 7 pm on the last day of your trip. Please book your return
flight accordingly as we will not be able to return you to
Anchorage prior to that time. Most of our guests spend this
night in Anchorage and choose to get back together for dinner and celebrations
later that night.
Where to stay in Anchorage
This is a tough one...personal taste in accommodation varies
greatly. Remember due to the costs of transporting everything up here,
the cost of living in Alaska is generally 20-40% higher. This will be
reflected in accommodation costs.
Here's a few Hostels that are clean, comfortable and a bargain compared
to anywhere else in town. Most have a combination of dorm beds and simple
Guest House (half-way between a hostel and B&B)
Fox Inn has been getting rave reviews from our guests lately.
Another of our favorite B&B's is Susitna
Then there are the usual chains, convenient to the airport, Courtyard
or Residence, Marriot(1-877-729-0197).
Most major chains are also downtown, Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott etc. Remember
- Anchorage rates are surprisingly high.
Get on It!
Just after registering for the trip: Book your Flight and Anchorage accommodation. You know you're going, and it's not going to get any easier or cheaper.
3 Months before Trip Starts:
Start shopping for your Gear
Depending on where you live, some items may need to be ordered online. Plus, this part can be fun and motivate you to exercise more.
Complete your Health Form.
2 Months before Trip Starts:
Complete your Travel & Rentals form. Save on gear rentals if you do this early.
Mail in your final Payment & Waiver
4-6 weeks before Trip Starts:
Complete your Travel & Rentals form. If you haven't already done so.
**A Note of Warning
Please be careful of trying to go super-cheap. Unless you choose one of
the hostels we recommend above, there are some budget accommodation in
Anchorage that are real dives. We strongly recommend you check out comments
Advisor before booking.
About Travel Insurance
For the relatively inexpensive price, we think it's a bargain. Let's face it, if you're attracted to this trip, you're probably
not sitting at home on the couch. If you have a last minute injury, or
something happens with the family, or your flight is delayed and you miss
the first day or two, or you join us for a fly in trip and the weather
prevents us getting back on time, or...well the scenarios are endless.
Travel Insurance can help.
We ask you to purchase very affordable travel insurance as opposed to asking us for a refund of hundreds or thousands of dollars when we have a very short season to run our business. If you opt not to get this insurance, please understand it is a choice you have made. We can only reimburse you according to our Refund and Cancellation Policy.