— Introduction to Alaska Mountaineering Course —

The Details

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Yuri L Mountaineering

Glacier Travel and Climbing Instruction from the Pros!

This Alaska mountaineering course focuses on learning the skills necessary for exploring alpine environments and heavily glaciated terrain.  The Chugach Mountains provide an epic outdoor classroom where participants can fully immerse themselves in the rugged alpine of rocky peaks and hanging glaciers as far as the eye can see! 

Building their Mountain Sense, participants will become comfortable with hazard and terrain assessment, route planning, and risk management along the way. Learning foundational hard skills, participants will gain fluency in basic movement and protection on rock, ice, and snow. Learning objectives can be customized and will include some combination of knots and hitches, snow camping, roped travel, navigation and route-finding, crevasse rescue, and avalanche safety.

This trip is a basecamp-style trip where the group will be able to access incredible alpine terrain each day, returning to the same camp every night in the remote wilderness. 

Outdoor experience (hiking and camping) and good fitness is required and any type of climbing experience is highly recommended. The more you know already, the more you’ll learn!


Trip Highlights:

  • Learn skills in the rugged beauty of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and the Alaskan wilderness
  • Develop and strengthen skills to safely travel on glaciers and steep snow on your own
  • Learn the most up-to-date techniques from professional mountain guides
  • Practice a variety of alpine disciplines – rock, ice, and snow

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

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