Intermediate Summer Ice Climbing in Alaska

Overview

Intermediate Summer Ice Climbing is for folks who want to step up their ice climbing skills. Explore in-depth ancient glacial ice moving through ice caves, past blue pools, among waterfalls and impressive moulins of Alaska’s Root Glacier.

Availability
May 15 – September 15, 2014 
Duration
Begins In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Ends In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Accommodations
Contact Us 
Transportation
Shuttle 
Features
Interpretive tour highlighting the local human and natural history of the Kennecott Valley. Two-mile scenic trek to the Root Glacier, custom ice climbing instruction. Goldfield Picnic Basket lunch, optional. 
Difficulty
Intermediate, Advanced 
Distance
4+ miles over moderate terrain 
Season
Spring, Summer, Fall 
Guide Ratio
4 clients : 1 guide 
Priced From
$175 per person 
Trip Includes
Private guide, natural and human history tour of Kennecott, custom instruction, climbing gear, backcountry permits. 
Not Included
Accommodations and food in McCarthy - Kennecott, lunch, personal outdoor clothing, guide gratuity. 

On the morning of your trip, meet your private climbing guide at our office in downtown McCarthy. Your guide will check your gear or outfit you with rentals: plastic mountaineering boots, crampons, climbing harness, helmet and tools. Wearing your own sturdy hiking boots you’ll take a quick guided walking tour through the historic Kennecott Copper Corporation mill site on your 2-mile approach to the Root Glacier.

Kennicott Alaska ice climbing adventure with Wild Alpine Guides

The historic Kennecott Mill. Photo by Tod Francis.

 

On the moraine (the edge of the glacier), switch out your hiking boots for mountaineering boots, strap on your crampons and you’re good to go.

One you get to the ice climbing venue selected by your guide, you’ll have time to get suited up with the rest of your equipment, have a snack and shoot some photos. Meanwhile, your guide will set up a technical climbing system to ensure you are safe and ready for bagging some vert.

advanced ice climbing with wild alpine guides in wrangell st elias national park alaska

In one full day (6-8 hours), Intermediate Summer Ice Climbing offers solid alpine climbing skill-building where you need it plus a peek into Alaska’s lucrative entrepreneurial beginnings and the natural history of Alaska’s wild landscape.

Itinerary

Guided ice climbing adventures in Wrangell St Elias National Park Alaska with Wild Alpine GuidesAs with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next visit to the Kennecott Valley is entirely unique and customized to your goals. Extraordinary trekking and flightseeing tours compliment single day climbing adventures. Multi-day itineraries accommodate any length of stay and originate in most Alaskan towns.

Contact us to begin planning your visit to this spectacular region.

Day Trip Schedule
8:00 am: Meet your guide at your hotel in McCarthy or Kennecott.
8:15 am – 9:00 am: Gear fitting: crampons, harness and helmet.
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Interpretive tour of McCarthy and Kennecott en route to the Root Glacier.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Glacier exploration, hiking and ice climbing.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: More exploring on the glacier.
6:00 pm: Return to your hotel in McCarthy or Kennecott.

 

About the Area

FAQs

Resources

Winter Ice Climbing Gear List

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Summer Ice Climbing Gear List

Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor gear. This packing list will help to ensure you 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. … Continue reading