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Community Engagement and Stewardship

As we approach the end of 2016, we reflect on our year.  As a business focused on creating a positive community atmosphere and sharing the beauty of nature, we feel drawn to invest in our communities and support the continued conservation of nature.  Travelers come to Alaska to experience it’s majestic and breathtaking scenery.  Nature and wildlife inspire, and teach the importance of protecting such sacred land for future generations.  Every year a portion of our revenue is donated to worthy causes that invest in our communities and promote conservation of Alaska’s backcountry.  We are excited to share with you the programs supported this year by Base Camp Anchorage.

Alaska Trails

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Alaska Trails mission is to support world-renowned sustainable trails through advocacy, education and technical assistance.

Their new program, Alaska Trail Volunteers brings volunteers to the park to address maintenance backlog on trails.  This has saved the state money and trained citizens to be stewards of their public lands and trails. They are also collaborating with other organizations on mountain bike trails in the state.

We are excited to support Alaska Trails as they strive to make the wonders of Alaska accessible for all people without compromising Alaska’s beauty, natural history, cultural integrity or landownership interests.

To learn more about Alaska Trails visit them at http://www.alaska-trails.org/

Great Land Trust

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Great Land Trust helps conserve valuable lands like wetlands and waterways, as well as salmon spawning streams.  Since 1995, GLT has conserved over 40 miles of wild salmon streams, 9,000 acres of land, 5,000 acres of wetlands, six historic homesteads, and an 80-acre farm in Trapper Creek home to hundreds of migratory cranes.  GLT also works in conjunction with private landowners to ensure the conservation of lands and waterways.  Their goal is to also enhance public access to the outdoors including parks, access points to the Chugach State Park, and trail building projects.  You can learn more about Great Land Trust at http://greatlandtrust.org/

Beans cafe

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Bean’s Cafe provides shelter, meals, and assistance for those in need.  When people are under difficult times, Beans Cafe has been a blessing to many.  They also recognizing that too many children were going hungry in the city of Anchorage.  As a result, they created the Children’s Lunchbox to help feed children in need throughout the city.  Beans Cafe was founded by Lynn Ballew, a pro- fessor and humanitarian.  She and her daughter, nicknamed ‘Bean’, moved to Alaska in 1978 and immediately began to seek the help of the community to start her shelter, which she named Bean’s Cafe.  To learn more, visit them at https://www.beanscafe.org/

Carpe Mundi

crow-pass-overlookWe strongly believe in the positive impact traveling has on our youth.  Every year Carpe Diem Education provides transformative experiential education to students throughout the United States.  Students take a semester to travel in a region of the world to learn about themselves and the world around them.

First generation college students often do not have the resources to take advantage of this opportunity.  In 2009, Carpe Mundi was established to provide scholarships and mentorship for first generation college students in the Portland area.  To date 100% of Carpe Mundi students have completed or are working towards college degrees.  To learn more about Carpe Mundi, visit them at https://www.carpemundi.org/

The Green Tortoise makes it’s Triumphant Return to Base Camp Anchorage!

Back in the 1970s travelling around the United States took some creativity for young adventurous travelers and backpackers.  Many were often travelling to similar destinations but it was not easy to find affordable transportation where everyone could stay together.  The green tortoise was created by taking buses and retrofitting them with beds to accommodate up to 36 passengers.  Carpooling at it’s finest, they crisscrossed around the US to major cities like New York and San Francisco and the famous Burning Man in Nevada.  The Green Tortoise has grown since then with trips in Central America, Mexico and Alaska.  

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Every year the ‘big green tortoise bus’ makes a stop at Base Camp Anchorage to relax between trips from Seattle to Alaska.  Bernie Blaug has been leading trips for the Green Tortoise bus for several years now and his passion for the outdoors resonates at our hostel.  We enjoy exchanging stories and learning about their travels as they wind their way through Canada and up to Alaska.  To read more about the Green Tortoise Experience, check out their website here:

http://www.greentortoise.com/adventure.travel.html

14 Year old Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru to be youngest to climb world’s ‘7 Summits’

We had the privilege of having Dr. Krishna Sriperambuduru and his daughter Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru stay with us here at Base Camp Anchorage in early July.  Dr. Krishna made almost-daily delicious Indian cuisine dishes to share with other guests here in the hostel and we learned about the accomplishments of he and his daughter. Both experienced mountaineers, Jaahnavi is 14 years old and attempting to become the youngest girl to ever climb the 7 highest summits on the 7 different continents.  She has already climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia (7,310 ft), Mt. Elbrus in Russia (18,510 ft), Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (19,341 ft.) and most recently Alaska’s own Mt. Denali (20,308 ft) which she summited on July 10th of this year. ‘It was the hardest climb yet’ Jaahnavi said afterwards. Her next climb will be Mt. Vinson in Antarctica (16,067 ft) which she will be heading to in December of this year.  IMG_5272

We are proud of Jaahnavi and wish her and her father the best on their climbing image-5adventures. You can follow her during her travels or donate to help her on her upcoming climbs at her website here:
http://jaahnavi.com/

Amazing Eagle Photos from the Kenai Peninsula

dominicOur friend Domnic from Toronto is a talented photographer and stayed with us earlier this summer during his travels of Alaska. He was fortunate enough to have a very close encounter with a few bald eagles, golden eagles, and sea gulls on a beach during his drive to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. These shots were taken with a Nikon D610 camera. Enjoy the moments he captured, as well as some of his other impressive photography. All the best to you Domnic!

http://domnic-toronto-photographer.weebly.com/eagles.html

 

Welcome to the Family !!!

Base Camp Anchorage Hostel Staff

Base Camp Anchorage Hostel Staff

May began the start of our third season as Base Camp Anchorage.  We are excited to welcome the courageous travelers coming through our doors.  Our hostel’s success begins with our staff.  This year we welcome Jake, Britanie, and Corey to the family.  Jake and Britanie both come to us from Minnesota.  Jake has a passion for music where the piano is his calling and Britanie is an adventurous traveler.  Together they decided to venture cross country exploring the United States in their van.  They have put thirty thousand miles since February and arrived in Alaska this April.  Our paths crossed in slab city California and they headed Alaska’s call.  

Corey loves traveling to Latin America and is a long-distance hiker. He has hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. I am excited to have them join the family and look forward to another year of community driven social exchange focused on our love of nature and Alaska.  
Happy Trails !!!  

Northern Lights in Alaska

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Nature’s beauty reveals itself vividly in Alaska’s night skies.  The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis mystifies and draws travelers from around the world.  A mosaic of colors; the lights dance, swirl, and twists into the darkness.  In other moments it changes intensity as it slowly meanders and becomes a mural for the eye to contemplate.

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Underlying this magic is an interaction between the sun and the earth.  Particles from the sun collide with gaseous particles in the earths atmosphere creating its entrancing colors.  When this collision of particles occur at low elevations in the sky; green tends to predominate.  At higher elevations red, purple, and blue forms.
Photographer Eric Chandler has fallen in love with Alaska’s Northern Lights and has captured some amazing images.  Check out has website for more enchanting images of Alaska at