The Chilkoot High Adventure Base is surrounded by unrivaled Alaskan wilderness. It is a gateway for exploration into the surrounding world class mountains, rivers and oceans. From the Chilkoot High Adventure Base scouts will depart on a broad range of exciting adventures including mountaineering, backpacking, rafting and sea kayaking. Here are a few of our most popular activities, however other custom activities can easily be arranged.
**Please note – some of these activities will require passports – We require that all scouts bring proper documentation to participate in activities**
Mountaineering **This program requires passports**
The mountains surrounding Southeast Alaska provide the quintessential Alaskan climbing experience. From the snowy heights of Mt. Fairweather to the airy rock ridges and steep ice of unclimbed peaks and towering seracs, these mountains and glaciers are the ideal location for Chilkoot High Adventure.
Backpacking **This program may require passports**
Chilkoot High Adventure Base backpacking trips are available in a variety of amazing locations! We offer backpacking trips of varied length on varied terrain, from areas just outside of Haines to longer trips in the Kluane National Park in the Yukon. Scouts will backpack through beautiful alpine tundra and high wildflowers as they explore the majestic beauty and simplicity of backpacking in Alaska!
Paddling programs are operated out of both Haines and Gustavus. The expedition paddling that is unrivaled in North America. IWLS is one of only two organizations permitted by the National Park Service to lead multi-day courses and expeditions in the park.
Our rock programs are structured to give scouts a solid foundation of vertical climbing skills. Our rock climbing location hosts everything from easy toprope climbs and difficult multi-pitch routes, to sweeping alpine faces. The Davidson Glacier just a few miles from Haines creating a playground of ice formations.
The Davidson Glacier just a few miles from Haines creates a playground of ice formations. Learn to ascend vertical cliffs of ice with crampons and ice tools. Our expert instructors ensure your safety and fun in one of the most remarkable areas in the world!
Whitewater Rafting **This program requires passports**
Explore the wild rivers surrounding Haines, AK and Canada’s Yukon Territory. Scouts will learn river rafting skills and be an active member in this amazing adventure!
First Aid courses are offered as an introduction to wilderness medicine. These courses may fulfill Boy Scouts of America’s requirements for several merit badges!