— Introduction to Alaska Mountaineering Course —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 5 days
  • Total Mileage: 10mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,000
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $5,985
    • Private 2 Participants – $4,400/person
    • Private 3-8 Participants – $3,640/person
    • Group – $3,120/person
  • Group Trip Dates:
    June 26-30, 2023
    Aug 12-16, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates are available.
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  • Equipment List 
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Yuri L Mountaineering

Learn how to climb an Alaskan peak!

Fly deep into the Chugach mountains to access a remote valley for this comprehensive mountaineering course. Mountaineering puts together the skills of rock, snow, and ice climbing with trip planning and risk mitigation, to execute a successful alpine expedition. Deepen your understanding of these techniques and open the door to greater adventures. The goal of our professional guide instructors is to inspire you and leave you with a set of skills you actually remember and can apply on your next personal adventures!


Trip Highlights:

  • Learn in the field on virgin, undeveloped terrain
  • Curriculum is customized to your learning style and abilities
  • Small group format ensures you get individualized instruction
  • Learn about trip planning and logistics in Alaska
  • Put together the disciplines of rock, snow and ice

Learning Objectives:

  • Movement technique on rock, ice and snow
  • Climbing knots & hitches
  • Anchor building
  • Belaying and rappelling
  • Gear familiarity and maintenance
  • Navigation and terrain assessment
  • Roped travel
  • Avalanche safety basics
  • Snow camping (depending on conditions)

What’s Included?

  • Van transportation to and from Anchorage
  • Lodging in our historic  bunkrooms
  • Two 40min scenic bush flights to and from the Chugach Mountains
  • Your professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • All the food on the trip
  • Group camping gear (bear canisters, cookware, fuel, tents*)
  • Group technical gear (ropes, protection, ice tools, beacon, shovel, probe**)
  • Non-technical crampons

*We recommend that you bring your own tent if possible
**We highly recommend you bring as much of your own technical equipment as possible so you can learn how to use it and become more familiar with it

What’s not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Personal camping and technical gear (see Equipment List)
  • Logistics surrounding your trip


Easy peasy! This trip is run as a Trip Package so logistics are included and taken care of! You’ll get picked up in Anchorage and brought to McCarthy where you can stay at our historic HQ bunkrooms, sleeping on the same bunks that held many of the first explorers of this Park! Food is included and provided by your guides while in McCarthy and out in the backcountry. Upon return, your guide will stoke up the sauna for you and tuck you into bed in the bunkrooms again, providing a ride back to Anchorage the next morning. Upgrades to more comfortable lodging or transport logistics are available.


Get in Touch!

Want to book a Private Trip or not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator  – she’ll help you narrow down which trip is best for you and answer any questions you have about our trips, the local area, or surrounding logistics!
CLICK HERE to schedule a call at a time that works well for you.

“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”

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