— Three-Day Ice Climbing Camp —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 3 Days
  • Trip Type: Course
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Total Mileage: 10mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000′
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $2,200
    • Private 2 Participant – $1,295/person
    • Private 3-8 Participant – $995/person
    • Group – $995/person
  • Group Trip Dates
    June 11-13, 2023
    July 1-3, 2023
    July 21-23, 2023 (Women’s Specific)
    Aug 18-20, 2023
    Sep 7-9, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates are available.
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List
  • Photo Gallery

I was lucky enough to go ice climbing with St Elias Alpine Guides and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

"Sail Far" Ice Climbing

glacier ice climber with blue poolLearn how to ice climb and take your climbing skills to the next level! The Root Glacier provides an endless field classroom with various terrain features that are perfect for learning and praciticing. Not only will you get a ton of ice climbing laps in and get to practice your technique, you’ll also learn the rope systems involved so that you are ready to get out there and climb on your own! Let our stoked and professional climbing guides show you the ropes!

Trip Highlights:

  • Learn in the field with stunning Alaskan backdrops
  • Curriculum is customized to your learning style and experience
  • Small group format ensures you get individualized instruction
  • Root Glacier has endless and varying climbing terrain

Learning Objectives:

  • Ice climbing technique
  • Climbing knots
  • Ice anchor building
  • Belaying and rappelling
  • Gear familiarity and maintenance
  • Route selection and terrain assessment
  • Lead climbing (optional) 
  • Advanced rope skills and rescue (optional)

What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • All the food on the trip
  • Group camping gear (bear canisters, cookware, fuel, tents*)
  • Ropes, non-technical crampons, and some other technical gear

*We recommend that you bring your own tent, if possible.

What’s not Included?

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


You’ll need to be in McCarthy the day before your trip begins for an Orientation and Gear Shakedown. You’ll meet your guide, grab group gear and make sure you are fully prepared to go into the backcountry.

Please account for a full day for travel both to and from McCarthy and the next Alaskan destination. We don’t recommend leaving McCarthy the last day of your trip as this cuts significantly into your last backcountry day and usually makes for a very hectic drive.

Check out our Transportation Page to learn how to get to and from McCarthy.
Check out our Lodging Page for lodging recommendations in the area.
Contact us if you have questions about logistics.

Trip Package

If you are planning your trip +2 months before your trip start date, upgrade to a Trip Package! A Trip Package will include transportation to/from McCarthy, local lodging, and any other local activities you’re interested in. We charge a non-refundable $50 Trip Package fee per person for this service.


Get in Touch!

Looking 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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