Introduction to Alaska Mountaineering Course

Glacier Travel and Climbing Instruction from the Pros!

This Alaska mountaineering course focuses on learning the skills necessary for exploring heavily glaciated terrain.  The course includes instruction in” hard skills” such as equipment selection and use, glacier travel technique, snow and ice climbing skills, and crevasse rescue.  Additionally, throughout the mountaineering course, participants will learn “soft skills” such as personal skill recognition, hazard assessment, risk management, and improved judgment.  We like to refer to these skills collectively as Mountain Sense.

You will have the opportunity to apply your new skills in the last few days of the course with a “graduation climb” up one of the numerous peaks flanking 16,390 ft (4,995m) Mt. Blackburn.  No previous climbing experience is necessary, however participants should be in good physical condition.

Trip Highlights:

  • Participate in an Alaska mountaineering course amongst the rugged beauty of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park
  • Develop new skills to safely travel on glaciers and steep snow.
  • Learn proper technique and safety from professional mountain guides
  • Practice emergency techniques such as self-arrest and crevasse rescue.

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