I love long human-powered journeys that take me into areas with limited to no sign of human impact. A few years ago it was really challenging for me to find companions for more ambitious and remote outdoor expeditions. It can still be hard for everything to align (time, resources, motivations etc) but I feel super fortunate to have built up a small community of people who enjoy the same kind of trips I as me. Here are four adventures coming up that I’m especially excited about:
Ski-mountaineering packrafting in Alaska: May/June
A multi-discipline journey in the Fairweather mountains, a remote corner of South East Alaska. Read about the planning for this expedition in a blog post I wrote, Temptation Awaits. Update: we came out of the mountains in early June after an incredible journey which I’ll attempt to capture in a short film shortly. Meanwhile, here’s a shot of us skiing, pulling our packrafts as sleds:
Arctic packrafting trip, Alaska: August
For of us (me plus 3 Australian guys!) are going on a two week packrafting trip in the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. This trip will take us into the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska. A mixture of fast-flowing scenic rivers and hiking, including the Arrigetch Peaks area, a cluster of rugged granite spires in the Endicott Mountains. Our journey will start in the city of Fairbanks, with two flights on small planes to get us to our starting point.
Southern Alps traverse, New Zealand: late November – Christmas
This trip has been on my bucket-list for years and I’m extra excited to be embarking on this mission with three other kiwi women! We’re traversing the Southern Alps from Arthur’s Pass to Mount Cook, a route that will take us through some of the most rugged and mountainous terrain that New Zealand has to offer. One of my personal goals during this trip is to create a short film about our journey to enter into the NZ Mountain Film Festival.
GODZone adventure race: March 2018
It’s about time I entered my first adventure race. I’ve officially signed up for the world’s biggest expedition adventure race, GODZone. This year the race format has increased from 6 to 10 days, they’ve added packrafting as a discipline and – to top it off – it’s in Fiordland. Let the training begin!