July 22-30, 2022: Alaska Adventure Experience

About this Trip

Join Creatio on our first ever Adventure Experience to Alaska! You will get to explore the majestic Alaskan wilderness as Creatio guides lead hiking excursions.

As the first Creatio experience set in Alaska, this will be an amazing opportunity for us to make new connections and prepare the way for future Creatio trips here!


  • All lodging and meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Creatio guides


  • Flights to and from Anchorage
  • Personal clothes / gear
  • Travel insurance


  • We allow you to choose your own flight to keep your trip costs as low as possible. The earlier flights are purchased, the better! We recommend checking with www.kayak.com, www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights/ for flight options.



Kendall Westhoff

Missionary Guide

Lauren Sasala

Missionary Guide



We will be flying into Anchorage and staying for a day before departing for Denali State Park on Saturday evening after Sunday Vigil Mass. Possibly activities include spending the day in Anchorage and an excursion to Eklutna Lake.


Participants will spend 4 days backpacking in the Hatcher Pass area, completing a loop that includes nightly stops at the scenic Mint, Bomber, and Snowbird huts, which are operated by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska.

Daily mileage will range from 5 to 9 miles with plenty of elevation and captivating views to gain! The sights will include lofty peaks in the Talkeetna Mountains, mountain streams, local flora and fauna, crystal clear high alpine lakes, and Alaskan glaciers.

Nights will be spent at the huts, which operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will plan to use / stay in the huts as much as possible, tent-camping if and when the huts become full.


Participants will spend 2+ days car camping and day hiking in Denali State Park. Possible destinations include K’esugi Ridge (pictured left), Curry Ridge, and Cascade Trail.

Denali State Park offers stunning views of Denali (the highest mountain in North America at 20,310 ft) when weather cooperates. As the floodplain surrounding Denali is around 1,000 ft above sea level, the base-to-summit height of Denali is over 19,000 ft, making it the most visibly massive mountain in the world. The first confirmed summit of Denali was in 1913, by a party led by Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens.

*Subject to change*


“Community,” “deep conversation,” “friendship.” Many participants chose these words when asked to describe their Creatio experiences in one phrase.  Of course, the adventure experience is a great opportunity for silence, personal reflection, and soul-searching, but we are made for community, made for an encounter, and much of that soul-searching happens in communion with others. Those conversations that happen while preparing dinner, encountering people on the streets, or helping someone with their blisters (yes, they’re real) may be the ones that help change our lives. Come prepared to live out the beauty of Community!


Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature, and with God. We encourage all of our participants to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

Creatio takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting Holy sites, but nobody will be forced to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.


All participants must arrive in Anchorage by 8 PM Friday, July 22. Participants can meet Creatio guides in the airport and we will drive to our lodging for the night.

Creatio guides will return to Anchorage during the afternoon / evening of Friday, July 29.

All participants must depart from Anchorage (ANC) on or after Saturday, July 30.

More info regarding exact times will be given as the experience gets closer.

Please wait until we have confirmed your participation in this trip to buy your flights. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights or connecting with other participants to travel together. You are responsible for your transportation and lodging should you choose to arrive early or leave later. If your flights are not within the time range given, you will be responsible to change your flight or pay the extra costs attributed to the change (cost of a new flight, transportation, lodging, etc…) Please feel free to communicate any problems you have.


Fri, 7/22: Fly to Anchorage

Sat, 7/23: Anchorage day hike and Sunday Vigil Mass

Sun, 7/24-Mon, 7/25: Denali State Park car camping and day hiking

Tue, 7/26: Mint-Bomber-Snowbird hut loop day 1 (trailhead to Mint hut, 8 miles and 2600 ft elevation gain)

Wed, 7/27: Mint-Bomber-Snowbird hut loop day 2 (Mint hut to Bomber hut, 6 miles and 1400 ft elevation gain)

Thu: 7/28: Mint-Bomber-Snowbird hut loop day 3 (Bomber hut to Snowbird hut, 5 miles and 1000 ft elevation gain)

Fri, 7/29: Mint-Bomber-Snowbird hut loop day 4 (Snowbird hut to trailhead, 7 miles), and drive back to Anchorage *group dinner in Anchorage included*

Sat, 7/30: Fly home

* Prepare for limited darkness as the sun sets later than usual in the lower-48 states 

* Itinerary is subject to change


There are currently no travel restrictions in place to travel to Alaska. The state recommends unvaccinated travelers take a test before traveling to AK, however it is not required.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available upon arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

For up-to-date health recommendations for Alaska go to http://dhss.alaska.gov/.

Alaska is a relatively safe area, but participants are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings and belongings.

While in the wilderness there is an opportunity to see wildlife – some that aren’t very friendly. Participants will be briefed on safety precautions and protocols in advance led by Creatio guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders.

For more information visit http://alaska.gov/.


  • 40L – 50L backpack (enough to fit all your backpacking things)
  • Packable sleeping bag (rated to 30F)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water bottles or Camelbak (recommend 3 nalgene bottles. If you do bring a Camelback, also bring a water bottle to use in the evenings).
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • T-shirts [3-4]
  • Long sleeve shirt / light jacket [2]
  • Hiking pants / shorts [3]
  • Non-cotton socks [4-6]
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Sleeping clothes (t-shirt and shorts) [1]
  • Good walking / hiking shoes
  • Sandals – Chacos, Tevas or Keens or the like
  • Camping plate / bowl and utensils (spork)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, travel size items, small roll of toilet paper)
  • Camping towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm and lotion
  • Prescribed and non-prescribed medications
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Rosary or other spiritual items
  • Journal and pen / pencil
  • Wrist watch
  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask (Alaskan daylight hours during July are 17+ hours)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Blister care – safety pins [2], needle, thread, band-aids, first aid tape, Vaseline, moleskin (optional)
  • Leatherman or knife (optional)