Climb / Ski Mount Bona

Overview

Climb or ski Mount Bona, at 16,421ft (5005m) it’s the highest volcano and the fifth highest mountain in the United States. Bona is a conical stratovolcano deep within the St. Elias Mountains. It was formed by slow-moving magma deposits over the course of many thousands of years. Bona is a solid mountaineering or ski mountaineering objective well-suited to intermediate or advanced climbers/skiers.

Availability
April – August 2014 
Duration
Begins In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Ends In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Accommodations
Contact Us 
Transportation
Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Features
Scenic flight from Chitina or McCarthy with legendary pilots of Ultima Thule Outfitters, glacier landing, custom guiding, big adventure in the largest protected wilderness on Earth! 
Difficulty
Intermediate, Advanced 
Elevation Gain
6,500 ft 
Climbing Time
10 Days 
Alaska Grade
AK Grade 2 
Season
Spring, Summer 
Guide Ratio
3 clients : 1 guide 
Priced From
$3,430 per person 
Trip Includes
Private guide, round trip transportation from Anchorage to Bona, group gear (technical and camping equipment), meals on mountain prepared by your guide, backcountry permits. 
Not Included
Accommodations and food off the mountain, personal climbing/skiing equipment, personal camping gear. 
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Skiers descend Mount Bear with Mount Bona – tallest visible peak – in the background.

Mount Bona was first climbed in July of 1930 from the Russell Glacier, which lies to the west of the mountain. It was named by Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, while he was completing the first ascent of Mount Sant Elias in 1897. The established route is the East Ridge, from which climbers often also reach the summit of Mount Churchill.

Bona is considered a “walk up” climb which means it’s also a good objective for intermediate or advanced ski mountaineers. Climbers/skiers establish three camps en route. From high camp on Bona, Bona and Churchill summits can be completed in one full day each. Churchill is also a “walk up” however it does have a slightly more technical alpine climbing section.

We recommend a twelve day itinerary for the Bona or Bona-Churchill combo climb. The major determining factor that decides whether a team summits one or both peaks is a teams’ collective athleticism and rate of travel. If climbers/skiers move quickly and confidently, both Bona and Churchill can be done comfortably within that twelve day window. A slower-moving team may take all twelve days to finish Bona alone.

 

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Skiers descend Mount Bona, returning to their high camp after a successful summit under bluebird skies.

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine expeditions, the itinerary for your attempt on Mount Bona can be customized to your goals. Our climbing, skiing and ski mountaineering adventures accommodate any length of stay and originate in most Alaskan towns.

We suggest a 14-day itinerary for climbing or skiing Mount Bona:

Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage at Ted Stephen’s International Airport (ANC), stay at a hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Meet your guide, gear check, travel to Chitina or McCarthy for your backcountry flight, fly directly onto the mountain or set up camp and stay overnight.
Day 3: If you’re not there by now, you’ll fly to Mount Blackburn this day. Once settled in to basecamp; you’ll review glacier travel skills then get busy climbing and/or skiing your brains out.
Day 4 – 11: Climb, ski, explore Mount Blackburn and/or sub peaks in the surrounding area returning to basecamp on Day 11.
Day 12: Fly from basecamp to Chitina or McCarthy, return by ground shuttle to Anchorage. Some people like to fly out this day; we recommend staying in a hotel this night to rest up for your flight and to account for any weather delays.

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