Explore an Alaskan glacier
Each June, a team of nine girls spends 12 days in the Eastern Alaska Range, exploring Gulkana Glacier and the surrounding alpine landscape. We experience everything from hiking through alpine meadows to observing a noisy icefall; from spotting caribou on the mountain slops to traveling across snow-covered glaciers, all while taking advantage of Alaska’s long summer days!
Each year, the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to mountain weather and glacier conditions. The basic itinerary is generally as follows:
Day 1: Meet the team, pack for the expedition, and camp out at a local farm in Fairbanks.
Day 2: Drive to the vicinity of Gulkana Glacier, and get comfortable with packs and boots by enjoying a short day hike through alpine meadows.
Day 3: Hike up to basecamp overlooking Gulkana Glacier, and set up home for the week.
Day 4-9: Explore the glacier and surrounding environment. Develop and test science experiments, practice art, and learn glacier travel skills!
Day 10: Hike out and travel back to Fairbanks
Day 11: Stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while wrapping up science, art, and reflection activities. Deliver public presentations about science experiment results and the overall experience of the expedition.
Day 12: Enjoy a final morning of activities together before heading home!