Alpine Challenge

Expedition Details

Our Alaska Alpine Challenge Course is an exciting and instructional introduction to travel in the mountains.

On this 9-day course you'll learn to travel, live and climb in alpine and glacier environments. Your class room is some of the most spectacular terrain on the planet. On successful completion of the trip, you should be prepared to join and contribute to climbing teams on glaciated peaks in the northwest and Alaska. This could be your first step towards climbing Denali (Mt. McKinley)!

Our first day will be spent learning technical ice climbing skills on the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. That evening we'll sort gear and get ready for our ski-plane flight into a high alpine area that will offer a variety of conditions and climbing challenges.

Most of our climbing will be from an established base camp though we may hike, ski or snowshoe to move camps, incorporate a traverse route or tackle a peak once basic skills are mastered. Depending on the weather and snow conditions of course!



We'll train you in the following essential mountaineering skills:

  • Mountain Safety: hazard recognition, judgement, avalanche awareness.
  • Expedition Life: Contributing to the team to face challenges.
  • Camping in the mountain environment: living comfortably, snow shelters, adapting!
  • Glacier Travel: Rope teams, navigation, sled and snowshoe travel, route finding.
  • Snow School: Snow and ice techniques, Use of ice axe and crampons, Self arrest.
  • Climbing Skills:Rope and knot work, anchors, belaying, protection, ice and mixed route techniques.
  • Crevasse Skills: Recognition of hazards, crevasse rescue.



Challenge Level: 5; Travelling, living and climbing in potentially harsh weather. Carrying heavy loads up steep hills. Read more about Challenge Levels.

No experience required but you must be over 18 and in very good physical condition. This is an extremely remote expedition, participants should be in excellent health.

Accommodation: 8 nights camping.



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2 - 3 people @ $2750 each
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Includes: all related local transportation. All meals from lunch on day of pick-up to lunch on last day. Tent camping. All guides and instruction. Group equipment (tents, cook gear, ropes, sleds). Technical personal gear such as plastic boots, crampons, harness, helmet, skis or snowshoes is also available.

Not included: Anchorage accommodation. Personal expenses. Personal gear and clothing (sleeping bag, pad, backpack, outerwear, all other clothing.)

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200 W. 34th Ave. #82
Anchorage Alaska 99503

Tel. 907.761.3761 or 800.956.6422

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