The Details

2022 Course Dates

Semester 1: June 10 – July 1 (application deadline of April 1, 2022)

Semester 2: July 8 – July 31 (application deadline of May 1, 2022)

The start date listed is the day you will be picked up in Anchorage. This pick up is early in the morning so you must arrive no later than the day before.

The end date is the day you will be returned to Anchorage, early evening.

In your application, you will be able to request your preferred semester but please keep in mind that we’re putting together a team for each semester. We’ll be considering many factors in putting together that team.

Cost, payments and policies

Cost and what’s included

Tuition is $4620 per student for the semester.

Thanks to a grant from MICA Guides, the first four students selected will get a discount of $1250, making their total tuition $3370.

Tuition includes:

  • Transportation from and to Anchorage at the start and end of the semester.
  • All instruction, permits, entry fees and local transportation that is planned as part of the program.
  • “Group Gear” such as kitchen equipment, technical gear, tents and shelters, emergency equipment, climbing equipment.
  • All meals and snacks from lunch on Day 1 through and including dinner on the last day of the semester with the exception of lunch on “town days” once or twice during the semester.

Tuition does NOT include:

  • Your round trip airfare to Anchorage Alaska.
  • Required personal equipment per the supplied gear list.
  • Any expenses you may incur for extra snack or specialty foods, laundry, showers, souvenirs etc.
  • Emergency evacuation or medical care beyond that administered by the staff of MOI. Evacuation insurance is required.
  • Accommodation and meal expense in Anchorage before and after your Semester with MOI.
Payment Policies

$100 application fee paid online when you apply. This fee is refundable only if you are not accepted in the program. Otherwise it is applied towards your deposit payment.

Deposit Payment – once notified of acceptance, deposit payment of $1000 must be paid by April 15, 2022 or immediately if acceptance is after this date. Final payment will be due 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

Cancellations and Refunds

We strive to be reasonable people.  Requests for refunds based on legitimate life issues such as sickness, illness, death, major life challenges will be considered for 100% refunds up until 14 days prior to the start date.  We will ask for and verify proof of such a crisis prior to issuing any refunds.

Cancellations for other reasons can be made with 100% refund prior to 30 days before the start date of the semester.  After that refunds will be considered and prorated on a case-by-case basis.

No refunds for any reason within 14 days of the start date of the semester. 

Financial Assistance

Tuition: As outlined above, tuition for early applicants is subsidized with a grant from MICA Guides. No further direct financial assistance is available.  

Gear: There is a limited amount of gear that can be loaned if the issue of gear is problematic or a barrier to joining us.  

Where we are

Our Base Camp is in Glacier View overlooking the Matanuska Glacier. Our classroom is the Alaska backcountry. Our location is approximately 100 miles northeast of Anchorage. All semesters start and end in Anchorage and we supply transfers to and from the city to start and end the semester.

The community of Glacier View has no amenities.  There is no place to shop for groceries.  The only establishments are three restaurants, one coffee cart and a gift shop.  Once you are at Glacier View you are on the edge of the wilderness.  Our campus is off grid and removed from all amenities. 

What to Expect

You’ll be challenged. A lot of learning can happen when you’re out of your comfort zone. Your instructors will meet you where you are, help you plan where you’re going, and motivate you along the way. There will be long days of learning and physical activity.

You’ll learn to do without some comforts. You’ll learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Sleeping in a tent, hiking long distances, carrying a load.

You’ll be part of a community. You can expect a lot of personal attention, our student to staff ratio is a maximum of 7:1. But more importantly will be your commitment to the well being of your crew.

Your semester with MOI is not a vacation. The days are long, packed quite full and often go into the evenings. Your personal “down time” will be limited. There will be an “off day” or two but that’s not really what you’re coming to Alaska for.

You will be a little disconnected. We admit that our devices are valuable tools. But they can also be a huge distraction. While we do not have any policies on phone usage, we encourage you to be present with your crew. Plus your opportunities to charge up and connect will be limited by necessity.

There are some rules. We’re not a kids summer camp. But you will be part of a community and you will have an obligation to help manage risks. There are not a lot of rules but you should know that on our campus and in the backcountry there can be no use of tobacco or marijuana in any form, no other recreational drugs, or alcohol.


Without risk life is just pretty boring.  Everything we do out here has inherent risk.  Much of what we do is try to understand those and build systems, processes and programs around mitigating these factors.  But we will never, ever be risk free.  Part of our institutional philosophy revolves around the importance of accepting risk. 

The Matanuska Outdoor Institute program and activities take place in the outdoors at our Base Camp and the “backcountry” of Alaska. There are significant inherent risks of these activities and while we strive to mitigate these risks we cannot eliminate them.

MOI is backed, trained and operated under the guidance of the outdoor professionals of MICA Guides. For over 20 years, MICA Guides has helped thousands of visitors explore and challenge themselves with zero major injuries or incidents. (“Major” defined as any incident resulting in death or long-term disability.)

Risks include the possibility of slips, trips and falls to encounters with wildlife to hypothermia and COVID. You must recognize and accept these risks as outlined in our waiver which you can review here.

You must also recognize that evacuation to definitive medical care could be expensive, delayed or impossible. You will be responsible for the expense of any emergency or non-emergency evacuation and should consider insurance for evacuation from Global Rescue. (premium is less than $300).

You should also know that plans may change or unforeseen events could delay your travel which may result in additional expenses that will be your responsibility. For example, your flight to Alaska could be delayed and you miss your pick up with us in which case you would need to get your own transportation to our Base 100 miles from Anchorage. We highly recommend travel insurance.