Alaska Travel Adventures & Alaska Rafting
Why O.A.R.S. in Alaska?
While on a 1977 Tatshenshini River rafting trip in Alaska, O.A.R.S. Founder and President George Wendt, witnessed a vastness even greater in magnitude than the Grand Canyon. It was a profound experience for him to travel approximately 150 miles through territory utterly untouched by human development.
‘The Tat' was a very different type of river than he had previously experienced, taking him through lush glacier-carved, U-shaped valleys teeming with wildlife. Walking on a glacier certainly offered a dramatic change from the hot desert southwest where he had spent much of his time. He recognized immediately it was a place he needed to share with others.
Following a series of attempts to acquire a permit on the Tatshenshini, in 2002, O.A.R.S. ultimately partnered with longtime friend and operational partner, Brian McCutcheon, from R.O.A.M. (Rivers, Oceans and Mountains). In partnership with R.O.A.M., O.A.R.S. now offers our travelers trips on ‘the Tat' along with unprecedented access to two of Alaska's most pristine National Parks—Denali & Kenai Fjords—on our Wild Alaska rafting and sea kayaking adventure.
As we enter this country, we are alive to its abundance and beauty, but also to its limits. Even in this remote corner of the world, events conspire daily to remind us that everything is finite. Nothing is in shorter supply than solitude. With O.A.R.S., you will visit one of America's last wild lands and experience the best Alaska has to offer. Treasure it as we do. And please help us to protect this treasure for our grandchildren in the crowded world of the future.
With the increasing threats from global warming and the potential for drilling threatening the future of our last wild lands, now is the time to explore...
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Alaska Rafting & Sea Kayaking Expeditions
Where the wild things are. Some of the world's most remote, untouched rivers, big land, big waters and our biggest Alaska rafting adventures
Do you know what it sounds like as your boots crunch across a glacier? Have you ever spent time in a territory utterly untouched by human development? Have you been stunned into silence by staggering beauty? Have you wondered what it must be like to float past a pack of wolves beneath 15,000-foot peaks or sea kayak with a pod of orcas among floating bergy bits?
Shakespeare's assertion that "Man is the measure of all things" could not have been made by anyone who has spent time in the North. In this land, man is humbled by the sheer mythic proportions of the landscape. The rivers and the vastness of space were made for Titans to roam and explore; the towering mountains were merely their thrones.
An O.A.R.S. rafting or sea kayaking trip in Alaska is an adventure in time travel, taking you back to an era before cell phones, cars, or people, where nature resides in delicate balance. Join us for an inspirational journey along the rugged and remote Tatshenshini River in Alaska as it flows from the Yukon Territories through British Columbia to Alaska.
Alaska and the Yukon are home to generations of wildlife of the most majestic quality, and the land has provided residence for the Native American tribes of the Athabascans, the Tlingits and much later, the Eskimos and Aleuts. Denali National Park is host to grizzly and black bear, wolves, moose, bald and golden eagles, osprey, peregrine and gyr falcons, as well as the highest peak in North America, 20,335-foot Mount McKinley. Sea Kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park offers close encounters with puffins, cormorants, oyster catchers and marbled murrelets as well as sea otters, sea lions, orcas and humpback whales.
At over 150 miles in length, the Tatshenshini River is surrounded by a system of international parks—British Columbia's Tatshenshini Wilderness Preserve, the Yukon's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. "The Tat" is therefore the largest preserved river system in the world. It also springs from a collection of sources in a glacial region that extends from the northwest corner of B.C. into the Yukon and Alaska—the largest non-polar ice cap in the world.