Getting through tough times together. (#togetherapart)

Social distancing on long winter hikes.

Winter camping in the back country.
Hiking up Harp Mountain last October, after the first snowfall.
Winter hiking offers up spectacular views to a new way of seeing familiar landscapes.

The best way to practice social distancing (in our opinion)? By experiencing the Alaskan springtime in all her austere, snowy beauty.

a message from into the woods alaska – what to expect over the next few months

Like everyone else right now, we have had to make some tough decisions. For the time being, we are suspending all of our programs until we have a better idea of what to expect. You may still join the wait list for summer camps with no financial obligation until we know the final plan.

We have dialed in our summer camps to just two offerings: one program at Kincaid for ages 5-12, and our hiking club for ages 10-16. The Kincaid program will have pick up and drop off at Kincaid, while the Hiking club will have pick up and drop off at our HQ – our Little Blue Cottage, from where we will head out on adventure to explore the amazing trails all over the Chugach State Park. Additionally, in anticipation of future closures extending into June, our camps will run from June 22 to August 14, rather than for the entire summer.

These are tough times. Are they unprecedented?

I have heard a lot of people mention lately, in emails, on the news, or in-person (and to be honest I have said it much myself) that these are unprecedented times.

Upon reflection, this is simply untrue. While these times in which we find ourselves are very dark and troubling, they are not unprecedented; I believe this to be an important distinction as we can feel reassured in the knowledge that humanity has had equally troubling times and has overcome.

It is important to reiterate this because it lends a bright spot-something to be hopeful for, to strive for, to get through-during these tough times.

I do not mean to downplay my own sadness and frustration, that of anyone else, or the seriousness of the Coronovirus pandemic and its impact on our local, national, and global economy. Nor do I belittle the lives that are lost or forever changed by this crisis.

It is for the above reasons that I urge everyone to remember: we are a naturally resilient species and we can get through this, but only if we work together. This means that we all agree upon a social contract: we agree to social distancing, we agree to doing what needs done in order to save lives, and we agree to sacrifice in order to save the greater good.

For Into the Woods Alaska, this means we shut down our camps and in-person activities, it means that we put the health of our community over the financial gain of our businesses and our family.

Now, more than ever, we need to remember that we are indeed one world, one people, and one love. Protect those you love and those in your community who have loved ones by doing your part to get through this-together.

With warm regards,


April 2, 2020

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