Glacier Travel Instruction

Overview

Build a strong foundation, or advance to the next level of glacier mountaineering skills, through one-day or multi-day clinics that cater to you.

Availability
On Request 
Duration
,
Begins In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Ends In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Accommodations
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Transportation
Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Difficulty
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced 
Priced From
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Develop and Review Skills
• Climbing knots and efficient rope-handling techniques
• Crampon and ice-ax techniques for snow, ice and mixed terrain
• Belay skills in a variety of mountaineering systems (rope-team, running belay, etc)
• Snow and ice anchors
• Route finding through crevassed terrain
• Recognize where avalanches are a hazard
• Single-rescuer and multi-rescuer crevasse extraction techniques

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next glacier travel training is entirely unique and caters to you. Contact us to begin planning your expedition.

Recommended 1-day Schedule
9:00 am: Meet your instructor in Anchorage or Girdwood.
10:00 am: Arrive at learning terrain and suit up.
10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Morning session: skills review and custom clinics.
1:00 pm:  Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Afternoon session: custom clinics and exploring.
6:00 pm: Return to Anchorage or Girdwood.

Recommended 6-day Schedule
Day 1: Meet your instructor in Anchorage for pre-trip meetings, in-town prep.
Day 2: Travel to remote icefields, establish camp.
Day 3 – 5: Travel over glaciated terrain, skill clinics.
Day 6: Return to Anchorage.

About the Area

FAQs

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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
Crampons
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
Gloves
Liner Gloves
Mittens
Socks
Warm Ski Hat
Balaclava (optional)
Baseball Cap or Sunhat

Accessories
Sun Glasses or Glacier Glasses
Polarized Goggles
Sunscreen
Lip and Nose Balm
Headlamp
Camera
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
Bowl
Spoon