Intro to Summer Ice Climbing in Alaska – Technical Clinic

Overview

Intro to Summer Ice Climbing in Alaska – Technical Clinic is a skills-based instructional training teaching you basic climbing language, equipment design and use and technical climbing skills. This training is intended for individuals who have an interest in climbing on their own but who need a “leg up” to get started.

Availability
May 15 – September 15 
Duration
Begins In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Ends In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Accommodations
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Transportation
Shuttle 
Difficulty
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced 
Priced From
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learn to ice climb in summer in wrangell st elias national park alaska with wild alpine guides

Proud parents look on as their college grad learns to ice climb.

The venue for Intro to Summer Ice Climbing in Alaska – Technical Clinic is typically the Root Glacier, in the heart of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve. Accessible via McCarthy and Kennicott, the best novice and intermediate climbs are at the end of a 2-mile approach – an easy and beautiful hike.

You’ll walk along the glacial moraine and then on top of the glacier the spend the rest of the day exploring ice caves, blue pools, waterfalls and moulins (holes drilled into the glacial ice by meltwater) as you hone skills in venues offering a variety of technical challenges.

The Root Glacier and the nearby communities are a stunning setting for learning to climb ice in Alaska! For extra adventure, combine your training with a flightseeing tour to access a unique climbing terrain deeper within the Park.

In one full day (6-8 hours) this course gives you a strong foundation that you can use to advance to the next level of technical alpine climbing.

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

 

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next adventure in the Kennecott Valley is entirely unique and customized to your goals. Contact us to begin planning your visit to this spectacular region.

Recommended 1-day Schedule
8:00 am: Meet your guide at your hotel in McCarthy or Kennecott
8:15 am – 9:00 am: Get outfitted with safety gear: 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 and ice climbing
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 pm:  More climbing on the glacier
6:00 pm: Return to your hotel in McCarthy or Kennecott

Recommended 3-day Schedule
Day 1: Meet your instructor in McCarthy. Travel to Root Glacier, establish glacier camp, review skills.
Day 2: Custom clinics and exploring
Day 3: Custom clinics, break camp, return to McCarthy

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Winter 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 weatherproof gear is worth the investment, especially in the winter months. … Continue reading

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