Climb / Ski Mount Sanford


Climb or ski Mount Sanford, the third tallest volcano in the United States. It is an eye-catching mountain with some of the steepest terrain in North America. In spite of its distinct gradient, Sanford offers a moderate ascent with stunning views of the Wrangell Volcanic Field.

April – August 
Begins In
Ends In
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Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Climbing Time
10 Days 
Spring, Summer 
Guide Ratio
3 clients : 1 guide 
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Trip Includes
Private guide, round trip transportation from Anchorage to Sanford, group gear, food, backcountry permits. 
Not Included
Accommodations and food in Anchorage before / after the climb, personal gear. 

Mt. Sanford was first climbed by Terris Moore, who was not only a notable mountaineer with many first ascents in the Wrangells, but also the second president of the University of Alaska. He and his climbing partner, Bradford Washburn, climbed Sanford via the North Ramp route up the Sheep Glacier in July of 1938. This is still the most commonly used route to the summit.


As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next climb is entirely unique and customized to your goals. Trekking, climbing, skiing and other combination adventures accommodate any length of stay and originate in most Alaskan towns.

Contact us to begin planning your next summit bid.

About the Area



Mountaineering Gear List

Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor clothing and mountaineering gear. This packing list will help to ensure you

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have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing.

The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality waterproof gear is worth the investment, especially for the summer months. Always choose wool or synthetics over cotton; cotton does not easily dry and once wet has no insulation. The key to success: bring lots of layers and always be prepared! You’ll find that when your gear and attitude are good, the weather is always good too!

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Technical Equipment Checklist
Alpine Bod or Couloir Harness
3 Large Locking Pear-shaped Carabiners
4 Wire Gate Carabiners

7m (21’) 6–7 mm Cordallete
2 Long Sewn Runners
Raven Pro or Venom Ice Axe
Mountaineering Boots

Clothing Checklist
Light-weight Wicking T-shirt
Mid-weight Long Sleeve Shirt
Lightweight Long Underwear Top and Bottom
Wind Shirt
Puffy Jacket
Soft Shell Pant
Hard Shell Pants and Jacket
Liner Gloves
Warm Ski Hat
Balaclava (optional)
Baseball Cap or Sunhat

Sun Glasses or Glacier Glasses
Polarized Goggles
Lip and Nose Balm
Water bottle or Water Bladder
Small Personal First Aid Kit
A SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (optional, your guides will have one as well)

Camping Gear
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
and Ridge Rest