Ice Climbing

If you want to experience the thrill of ice climbing in Alaska, this is the trip for you. Set amidst the stunning beauty of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the Root Glacier offers the perfect venue for people of all ages and skill levels to participate in this exciting and rewarding sport. It's a 2 mile hike on a moderate trail (with some steep sections) to get out to the Root Glacier, so make sure you've got a good pair of hiking boots, and a backpack to carry your gear!

Trip Highlights:

  • Try your hand at ice climbing in one of the most spectacular environments in the world
  • Climbing options for everyone from the nervous novice to seasoned climbers
  • Friendly and professional guides to teach you "the ropes"
  • Views of the 7,000ft high Stairway Icefall, 16,390ft Mt. Blackburn and other surrounding peaks

At St. Elias Alpine Guides, safety and customer experience is our number one goal. Our experienced climbing guides have been leading mountaineering courses, backpacking tours and glacier ice climbing seminars in this remote Alaskan wilderness for over 30 years. You’ll be in good hands from the moment your guide fits you for your harness until you’re swapping stories in our office at the end of the day. Please see our Alaska ice climbing resource page for more information.

We also offer Custom Ice Climbing trips for groups wishing to have their own private guide. This option is great for families or groups who would like to split their day between climbing and hiking on the glacier. Contact us for more information!

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