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Questions (FAQ)

Frequesntly Asked Questions

 

What is included in a trip?

For all of our day trips, we include all the rain gear and kayaking gear you need for the day. This includes rain pants, rubber rain jackets, pogies (neoprene hand mitts), and rubber rain boots. Paddles, spray skirts, PFDs, and dry bags are also provided.

 

We do provide dry suits for rafting only.

For our glacier hikes, we provide crampons and helmets.

 

What gear should I bring?

You’ll want to dress warm for your trip, and wearing layers is key. You should certainly avoid wearing cotton (jeans are cotton!); synthetic materials are more comfortable for water sports (i.e. polyester, wool, spandex, quick-dry material).

Sunglasses, sunscreen, and cameras are always a good idea, too!

 

On multiday trips, you don’t need much else besides any personal items (toothbrush & paste, contact solution, etc, plus layered clothing as mentioned above, and stout rain gear). Sleeping bags, pads, tents and cookware are included in your trip.

 

For raft trips, all you need is to dress warm and wear socks!

 
What kind of food is served?

On all day trips (except for Duck Flats and Rafting), our guides bring some snacks (pretzels & trail mix) and hot drinks, but you’ll definitely want to bring your own lunch with you as well.

 

On guided multiday trips, leave the cooking to your guide! He or She will provide the tastiest backcountry menu you could think of, catered to your personal preferences.


How large are the groups?

The guest to guide ratio for day trips is 8:1. If your group is larger than 8, we can provide you with 2 guides to keep your group together.

 

Multiday trips are 4:1.

 

Raft trips can take a maximum of 12 guests per run.

 

Is there minimum size for a trip to run?

We need a minimum of 2 guests for all kayaking day and multiday trips. All of our water taxi services require a minimum of 4 passengers (this includes the Shoup & Columbia glacier tours) to run. For raft trips, we require a minimum of 4 guests.

 
What is the minimum age limit?

For kayaking tours, we prefer not to take kids younger than 8 years old. And for rafting tours, we require a minimum of 12 years old or at least 5 feet tall. This way we can ensure that each guest will fit into the appropriate gear.


What kind of kayak will I be paddling?

All guests will paddle from a tandem (double) kayak. You will be paired with another member of your group, another guest, or a guide. We use Wilderness Systems and Necky tandem plastic (sit-in) sea kayaks.


Do I require previous experience?

No prior kayaking or rafting experience is necessary for any of our trips!


What is the difficulty level?

Since no experience is required, our kayaking trips are pretty mellow. While it is not necessary to train prior to any trip, you may find it a bit of a work out if you are hot off the couch. But our guides will paddle at your groups’ pace, and first-timers are totally welcome!

 

We would not suggest non-hikers sign up for our Worthington Glacier hike.

 
How far will we paddle each day?

Our day trip paddling ranges from 3-8 miles, depending on the tour and the appetite of the group. Multiday kayak/camp trips range from 8-15 miles/day. We operate in fairly current-free water, so you can paddle at a rate of about 3 miles per hour.

 

What are your guides' qualifications?

All of our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders, are First Aid and CPR certified, and are experienced and knowledgeable about the areas we operate in, always putting safety first.


Is alcohol provided or can I bring my own?

Alcohol is not provided and it is not permitted on our Coast Guard inspected boats. Sorry!

 
Will we encounter bears?

Most likely not. Sometimes, we do see them on the shores and hillsides early and late season, but from a multiday perspective, we keep a tidy campground, so bear encounters are not very common. However, our guides do carry bear spray, just in case!


Bathrooms and washing?

While our marine vessels both do have a toilet, keep in mind this is a marine head (requiring instructions to operate), and it is far from glamorous. Of course, it is there if you need it, but before we load you into your kayaks you will have a chance to soak in the great view from behind a nice rock or an iceberg.

 
Can I fish from the kayaks?

We are not a licensed fish-guiding outfit, and we do not fish on our day tours. On a multiday trip, however, if everyone in the group agrees on waiting for people to fish, then we would support that. While guests need to acquire their own fishing licenses and tackle, and the rods can be awkward to pack, occasionally, the rewards are well worth the hassle.

 

Can I rent kayaks?

Depending on our availability, we do allow kayak rentals. However, we are pretty strict about who we rent to, given the consequential waters we operate in. Please call to inquire about rentals.

 

Do you offer any discounts?

The only discounts we offer at this time are 10% off to children 13 and under, groups of 8 or more, and individuals with an active military ID card. We also offer 10% off the lesser trip if you book more than one tour with us. These discounts cannot be combined.

 

 

Our 2016 season runs from May 23rd – September 11th.

Our office is open from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.

Call (907) 835-8442 or email info@alaskasummer.com with any questions!

 

 


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