Mountaineering

Alaska Mountaineering - First Ascent of Mt SulzerSince 1978 St. Elias Alpine Guides has provided Alaska mountaineering trips and courses in North America’s premier mountain wilderness, the Wrangell St. Elias National Park.

With over 150 first ascents in the Park to our name, we have the knowledge and experience to make your trip a success.

The Wrangell St. Elias National Park is an Alaskan mountaineering paradise. The convergence of three impressive mountain ranges offers remote, world-class climbing throughout the spring and summer months – and the remoteness insures that we rarely see other climbers. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran we’d be excited to organize a trip for you.

It goes without saying that once you climb here, climbing anywhere else just won’t be the same. We hope you’ll include us in your Alaska mountaineering plans this season.

Trip Details

Price: $1,675
Trip Length: 5 Days Difficulty: Minimal experience required
This course is a great Alaska mountaineering course for people of all skill levels to push their own personal limits, learn new skills, and spend some quality time in the splendid Alaskan wilderness.
Dates
June 16-20, July 7-11, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,750
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
Exploring the mountains with knowledge and experience allows climbers to move "fast and light." The Alpine Light Expedition is an introduction to this method of Alaska mountaineering.
Dates
June 26th - July 3rd, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,750
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
Whether you're just beginning or have some experience and want to push your mountaineering endeavors farther afield this is the course for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will teach you the basics of expedition style climbing and help you hone your skills in crevasse rescue, avalanche avoidance, and roped travel.
Dates
June 14-21, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $3,150
Trip Length: 10 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
If you have personal mountain climbing experience and are looking to take your rope-work and climbing skills to the next level, or have taken our basic mountaineering course, then our Technical Mountain Course is a great next step.
Dates
June 14-23, 2015
Price: Starting at $4,650
Trip Length: 9-12 Days Difficulty: Moderate
If remote mountain climbing in Alaska appeals to you; Mt. Bear is as deep in the St. Elias Mountains as you can get.
Dates
Custom dates available April to June
Price: Starting at $4,950
Trip Length: 17 Days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
At 16,390 ft. (4,995 m), Mt. Blackburn is the tallest peak in the Wrangell Mountains and the fifth highest peak in the United States. A challenging peak, Blackburn is ideal for the mountaineer looking for a "full-on" Alaskan peak without having to take a month away from family and work.
Dates
May 24-June 9, 2015
Price: Starting at $3,750
Trip Length: 13 days Difficulty: Moderate
A great stepping stone to Denali; Mt. Bona poses similar challenges: arctic weather, high elevation, and heavy glaciation. Bona, however offers more remoteness, more solitude, and less likelihood of altitude-related illness.
Dates
May 9-21, 2015
Custom dates available May-July
Price: starting at $4,150 (early season) or $3,350 (late season)
Trip Length: 8-10 Days Difficulty: Moderate
A challenging peak, Mt. Drum offers technical climbing without the commitment or rarified air of its larger neighbors. Drum is suitable for intermediate climbers, or fit novices in search of a real challenge. Basic mountaineering skills and comfort with exposure are required for this 8-10 day climb.
Dates
May 19-26, 2015 (8 day trip)
July 20-29, 2015 (10 day trip)
Custom Dates Available
Price: starting at $4,950
Trip Length: 10 Difficulty: Moderate
At 16,237 feet (4,949 m) Mt. Sanford is the 6th tallest mountain in the United States and anchors the Wrangell Mountains on the north. Well-suited for ski mountaineering the ascent up the Sheep Glacier offers a great introduction to big-mountain Alaska climbing. The views aren't bad either....
Dates
Custom dates available May - July
Price: $4,200
Trip Length: 10 Days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
Steep snow and ice climbing, weaving through a maze of enormous seracs, and aesthetic climbing lines all characterize an ascent of the North Ridge of University Peak.
Dates
Custom dates available May - July
Price: Varies
Trip Length: 21 days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
With its wicked combination of technical difficulty and foul weather Mt. St. Elias is the crown jewel. This is a world-class mountaineering objective for experienced climbers.
Dates
Custom dates available
Price: $4,775
Trip Length: 14 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
The magic of the Wrangell and St. Elias Ranges are the myriad of unexplored peaks and glaciers. There are few exotic places left on this earth where a climber can experience the deep awe of exploring mountains no one has ever set foot on. The First Ascents Expeditions are designed for climbers who want to weave exploration together with climbing, who want to climb in solitude and in true wilderness.
Dates
May 31 - June 13, 2015
Custom dates available
Price: $2,325
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
Our Alpine Scrambling Expedition combines Alaska hiking and mountaineering for backpackers who wish to incorporate some easy Alaskan summits into their adventure. The climbing is non-technical, but still offers the opportunity to learn and practice basic climbing skills and techniques. Located in the high country of the Chugach Mountains, numerous summits offer a wide range of terrain types. Bush planes allow you and your guide to gain access to the area, and then backpack into higher country using glaciers and moraines as "trails". Rugged peaks in the six to seven thousand foot range (1,828 – 2,133m), some of them still unclimbed, rim the nameless valleys that you’ll explore. On clear days the possibility of awe inspiring views will awaken the climbing spirit in you as you scamper from peak to peak looking for new vistas of the mountains and tundra beyond. Previous backpacking experience and good physical conditioning are a must for this adventure.
Dates
Scheduled on Demand
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Custom Dates Available