Alaska and inflatable paddleboards are the perfect union of a fantastic wilderness destination with great adventure gear. Paddleboards are versatile enough to handle an 8-day paddling quest in Alaska or a quick tour of the waters near your backyard. Whether you're an inflatable fanatic or an intrigued adventurer, we are ready to treat you to a challenge. Let's band together and sing our praises to Alaska and inflatable paddleboards!
On our Alaska Paddleboard Adventure, you'll have endless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine paddling. Each day features unmatched paddling in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays or among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. And the beautifully rugged Alaska coast creates an incomparable stage for hiking and photography excursions. Along our route of travel, we'll see a quaint fishing village and observe Alaska's magnificent wildlife—including bears, eagles, and humpback whales. Smash it all together, and it's E-P-I-C.
Are you ready to join us on this fantastic paddling adventure? Next year (2022) will be our fourth year that we have offered this amazing paddling adventure. During your active week, you'll experience the scenic wilderness of Southeast Alaska. The 95' Glacier Bear is an ideal platform to anchor our adventure. After daily paddling challenges, it's a cozy warm environment, complete with a hot tub! The Crew will pamper you, and the Chef will delight you while the Captain maneuvers Glacier Bear to perfect paddling locations.
Michelle Eshpeter is from the Yukon Territory, Canada. She led the first backcountry paddleboard expedition in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. She was selected to compete in the stand-up paddleboard category of the Yukon River Quest -- the first year the organizers of the 715km paddling event welcomed paddleboard athletes. Of the ten athletes selected, Michelle finished as the second woman and sixth overall. She is an Advanced Flatwater Instructor for Paddle Canada and is also certified in Coastal Touring.
To balance out her paddling, Michelle also studies wine and yoga. She has been training as a wine professional through the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust and is currently WSET Level 2 certified. She has completed her Yoga Alliance approved 200-hr Teacher Training and used her skills to teach and lead community yoga classes, competitive sports teams, kids yoga in schools, lead retreats, yoga in schools, and retreats.
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In 2022 Michelle will lead the following trip for Alaska Wilderness Charters:
Absolutely in awe by this entire experience. I had some expectations, and all were exceeded. I learned so much, saw more than I could have imagined, and have never eaten this well in my life. As fun-packed as it was, it was just as relaxing. Five-Star all around. Would do this all over again in a heartbeat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Amazing!
Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. Will be hard to beat for sure. Neil—Great Captain. Awesome skills getting up close to everything. Al—thanks for keeping us warm with fresh towels and hot tub. Michelle—you are an awesome teacher. An amazing person. Thank you so much. Katie—your talents as a Chef, I have no words. Good luck in your future career. You will make an incredible nurse practitioner. Adriane—thanks for making us laugh and making us all look great in the photos!
Wow, what an incredible experience. The Women's Paddleboard Retreat was the perfect combination of physical activity/adventure at your own challenge, relaxing cruise, wildlife and sightseeing, delicious local foods, wine tasting and some impromptu dancing. The hot tub on top of the beautiful Glacier Bear really was the cherry on the top. The Captain and Crew were exceptional and the trip was truly authentic. As a "local" it was incredible to have the opportunity to see remote areas of Southeast Alaska, which are difficult to access without a large vessel. The itineraary was well thought out. Each location had something unique to offer, and got more and more exciting and beautiful each day. With little paddleboard experience prior to the retreat, I felt safe, well-cared for, and prepared for anything with the gear provided and helpful skills shared by Michelle. The trip was more than I expected and I would highly recommend to both locals and tourists. Thank you Neil, Michelle, Katie, Ayesha, Al and John for everything you did to make this trip so memorable.
To Neil and Crew, I can't thank you enough for sharing some of your favorites places with us. Last August i started looking for a trip that would offer me a unique experience of a lifetime, and you and your team have most definitely fulfilled that for me. Everything about this holiday holds treasured memories. Until we meet again.
Thank you Captain Neil and Crew for a fabulous 8-day sail around the Inside Passage. So many breathtaking views of the landscape and wildlife along the route. It was awesome living aboard the Glacier Bear and being able to have paddle experiences in areas most visitors are unable to access. The trip was truly an adventure of a lifetime! Our heartfelt thank-you for all of your generosity. All the best until we sail again!
Alaska and inflatable paddleboards—the perfect union of a fantastic wilderness destination with great adventure gear. With the right cold-water clothing, paddleboards can even handle an eight-day paddling quest in Alaska. Whether you’re an inflatable fanatic or an intrigued adventurer, you’ll enjoy this amazing book.
Seven adventurous women paddle the astonishing waters of calm coves and bays, among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. They experience quaint fishing villages and Alaska's magnificent wildlife—including porpoises, bears, orcas and humpback whales. An inspiring tale of Alaska, adventure and inflatable paddleboards.