Tech Treks Alaska

This 11-day Alaskan Adventure is designed to be a metaphor for entering the difficult academic rigor of The Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the new frontier of life on your own. This adventure will challenge you to do your best and ask you to look inward.

Students will learn to navigate through the wilderness with GPS to discover hidden treasure left behind from last year's expedition. Participants can expect to gain insight on how to succeed and flourish in the wilderness and also at Georgia Tech.

This expedition is led by Georgia Tech's highly skilled Adventure Education Coordinator and an experienced student trip leader. From this amazing experience students will take away not only "treasures" but also memories and life-long friendships.

This year's trip will include:

  • Backpacking
  • Glacier ice climbing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Camping under the stars

Each day, a portion of our time will focus on an aspect of The Institute experience: Expectations, Fears, and Celebrations.

Trip Full Details

Price Includes 

  • Georgia Tech Guides
  • 9 nights lodging in tents
  • All meals and snacks from Lunch/Dinner on Day 1 (depending on when you arrive) through a late Lunch on Day 11
  • All ground transportation
  • Denali National Park bus ticket
  • Whitewater rafting gear and equipment
  • Ice climbing gear and equipment
  • Park entrance/permit fees
  • Gratuities for raft and climbing contracted specialty guides
  • Bear proof cans to store food during backpacking
  • Group gear including tents, cookware, sleeping bag and sleeping pad (you can also bring your own if you would like – see packing list)
  • Laundry
  • Shower/towels 

 

What is not included 

  • Roundtrip airfare from your hometown to Anchorage
  • Items of a personal nature as required on the packing list
  • Souvenirs
  • Other services not clearly noted above

Things to consider

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage. GT staff will meet you at baggage claim.
Travel to 
1st night of camping, meet other students and staff, and opening ceremonies.

Day 2: Travel by van to Denali National Park sightseeing along the way. 

Day 3: Travel deep inside Denali National Park in search of Bear, Moose, Wolf, Caribou, and more!

Day 4: Start 4-day backpacking adventure in Denali area. 

Day 5: Hike and enjoy the scenery of 10,000-20,000 foot peaks.

Day 6: Hike and enjoy camping above a secluded backcountry lake.

Day 7: Finish backpacking journey and camp next to a beautiful lake.

Day 8: Transition day – showers and resupply in town.

Day 9: Whitewater rafting on a glacier fed river.

Day 10: Ice Climbing on Matanuska glacier all day (dress warm!). 

Day 11: Transition back to Anchorage, closing ceremony, flights home in the evening.  

 

Note: 3 groups of 10 students and 2 staff do this same trip at the same time, but in a different order. Everyone will do the same activities, but in a different order.