Intro to Summer Ice Climbing in Alaska

Overview

Intro to Summer Ice Climbing is a novice level adventure for those who want to learn hiking and ice climbing skills on a glacier in one full day. Spend 6-8 hours exploring with your private guide ice caves, blue pools, waterfalls and moulins (holes drilled into the glacial ice by meltwater)!

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, ice climbing instruction. Goldfield Picnic Basket lunch, optional. 
Difficulty
Novice, Intermediate 
Distance
4+ miles over moderate terrain 
Season
Spring, Summer, Fall 
Guide Ratio
4 clients : 1 guide 
Priced From
$150 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 or your hotel, get outfitted with crampons, climbing harness, helmet and you’re off! Wearing your own sturdy hiking boots you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic Kennecott Copper Corporation mill site on your 2-mile approach to the Root Glacier.

Learn to ice climb on the Root Glacier with Wild Alpine guides

Enjoy a guided tour through the historic Kennecott mill site on your way to the Root Glacier.

On the moraine (the edge of the glacier), switch out your hiking boots for a pair of plastic mountaineering boots provided by Wild Alpine. Strap on some steel crampons and you’re ready to hike ontop of a glacier!

Climbers wear plastic mountaineering boots and crampons for safe travel on the glacier.

One you get to the ice climbing venue selected just for you by your guide, you’ll put on your climbing harness and helmet, have a snack and shoot some photos for all your social media updates! Meanwhile, your guide will set up a technical climbing system to ensure you are safe and ready for bagging some vert!

Learn to ice climb on the Root Glacier with Wild Alpine guides

Your professional mountain guide sets up a safe technical rope system.

In one full day (6-8 hours), Intro to Summer Ice Climbing offers a solid introduction to the sport of high alpine climbing plus a peek into Alaska’s lucrative entrepreneurial beginnings and the natural history of Alaska’s wild landscape.

Learn to ice climb in Alaska with Wild Alpine guides

Learn to ice climb with Wild Alpine in the stunning setting of Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains.

 

Itinerary

As 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