Tallest of all North American peaks, Mount McKinley is famous for its unforgiving weather. Read more →
Custom Wilderness Travel Clinics are designed to advance your skills and confidence in the backcountry. Individuals and small groups with specific goals – climbing teams prepping for a big trip, youth groups, women’s groups – benefit from clinics that cater to your unique needs.
We’ve prepped teams for skiing the South Pole, climbing Denali, skiing and splitboarding expeditions in Alaska, Russia and beyond. Our Custom Wilderness Travel Clinics meet the needs of novice, intermediate, and expert adventurers.
• Alpine ski touring
• Splitboard touring
• Kite skiing
• Ice climbing
• Traveling over glaciated terrain
• Assessing avalanche terrain
• Rescuing companions
• Setting skin tracks
• Making solid kick turns
• Skiing and riding in steep terrain
• Climbing mixed alpine routes
• Setting mountaineering rope systems
• Managing avalanche terrain
• Rescuing companions
Women’s Specific Instruction
Designed by women, for women. Instructional clinics can be adapted to your unique style. Set yourself, or your sweetie, up for success on a day out with the girls.
As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next custom clinic is entirely unique and caters to your goals. Contact us to begin planning your next instructional day out.
Recommended Daily Schedule
9:00 am: Meet your instructor in Anchorage or Girdwood
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Arrive at touring terrain and suit up
10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Morning session skills review and custom clinics
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Afternoon session, custom clinics and free skiing
6:00 pm: Return to Anchorage or Girdwood
About the Area
Active and dormant volcanoes, historic settlements, and abundant wildlife characterize this great region. Read more →
One of the world's great ranges, on par with the Andes and Himalaya. Read more →
Popular for its proximity to Anchorage plus year-round road, bush plane, helicopter and boat access. Read more →
Sweeping through the interior, the Alaska Range includes five smaller ranges and North Americas tallest peak: 20,320 ft Denali. Read more →
What is the weather going to be like during my visit?
When talking about weather, “summer” means late May through early September. Average summer temperatures range from 33 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While rare, it has been known to snow in July, so be prepared for cold weather. June through August are the rainiest months, although yearly variances sometimes lead to bone dry summers.
Winters can be extremely cold with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit and colder, to high 20s on warm days. This kind of extreme cold typically begins by late October or early November, and runs through March.
As mentioned above, snow is possible any month of the year – although snow that falls before mid-September tends to melt quickly. Winter snow levels are not usually sufficient for skiing or other recreation until mid-October or later.
Both spring and fall seasons are quite short. Spring weather, in April and early May, sees highs into the 40s or 50s F, and lows near or below freezing. Fall weather, in September, is similar – highs well above freezing, and lows at or below freezing.
Average monthly temps for the Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska regions:
Hours of daylight for the Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska regions:
Can Wild Alpine recommend hotels in Anchorage?
Yes! We have a short list of favorite places to stay in Anchorage. Contact us with your request and we’ll help find the right fit for you and your travel mates.
Does Wild Alpine handle hotel bookings?
Certainly. We recommend a range of options. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll handle the rest.
I am traveling to other destinations in Alaska before / after my Wild Alpine adventure. Can Wild
Alpine help coordinate my overall vacation itinerary?
We know that designing an all-Alaska tour from a distance can be a daunting task. Check out our Resources for maps, directions, recommended reading and more. As we pull together your tailor made adventure, we’ll gladly assist with matching it seamlessly to the other highlights on your itinerary.
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What should I pack?
Wearing layers of clothing makes it easy to regulate your body temperature. Also, you’ll find that a good waterproof, hooded raincoat and mud boots are invaluable. Specialized cold weather gear is necessary for mountaineering and winter visits. Visit our Gear Lists for more details.
Is there a gear shop in McCarthy or Kennecott?
Yes! Wild Alpine Outfitters is your source for backcountry adventure essentials. Find new and gently used mountain sports equipment from Patagonia, Marmot, Rab, SmartWool, Black Diamond, MSR and other favorite brands. Rent mountain bikes, glacier hiking crampons, satellite phones and camping gear.
Located in downtown McCarthy. Open annually May 15 – September 15, 8am – 7pm, seven days a week.
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