Matanuska Glacier Ice Climbing

We’ve been teaching beginners since 1999.

Here’s your chance to try out ice climbing on the Matanuska Glacier! A variety of climbing walls for most abilities, professional instruction, and a scenic two-hour trip from Anchorage make this an unparalleled glacier adventure.

A day of Ice Climbing with MICA Guides consists of a progression catered to the skills and endurance of the group.  Our professional guides will teach you the basic skills needed to climb on moderate ice slopes, and then help you refine your climbing techniques to move towards more challenging and spectacular terrain throughout the day. No previous climbing experience is necessary, although a decent level of physical fitness is required.

To reach some of the best climbing on the Matanuska Glacier you will need to hike over an hour on uneven terrain to reach the climbing site.

  • Chevron down What to Expect
    • 7.5 hours on the Matanuska Glacier.  This includes hiking to the best climbing terrain,   and some down time during which your guide will be building anchors, other group members will be climbing, and/or the group will be taking a snack or lunch break.
    • An introduction to climbing gear and proper climbing techniques (climbing boots, crampons, helmets and ice tools provided by MICA Guides)
    • Progression of climbing throughout the day, from beginner bouldering to more challenging and physically demanding walls
  • Chevron down Special Promotion
  • Book today and experience the Matanuska Glacier at all angles! As an added bonus in your confirmation email, you will find a code for 35% off an Extreme Zip Adventure. You’ll need an extra day to enjoy these activities, ice climbing takes all day and does not allow enough time to add other adventures to the day.

    You’ll receive valuable promotional codes for the following:

    Save 35% on the Extreme Zip Adventure

    Save 15% on Luxury Camping

    Directions on how to redeem these codes can be found in your confirmation email upon check out.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
  • For Ice Climbing we require you to have:

    • A small backpack with room for gear. If you don’t have one, we have some available for you to use!
    • Long Pants
    • Sunglasses
    • Long sleeve shirt, preferably not cotton
    • Long synthetic or wool socks

    -Plastic mountaineering boots are provided from mens sizes 4-14. Please advise us in advance if you need a size at the large or small end of this range.  Please bring your own hiking boots that cover your ankles if you have them, as they are needed for the approach to the climbing area.

    Our recommendations on clothing and gear:

    • Quick dry clothing (not cotton). Usually a good pair of hiking pants works great. Ski pants and jackets are not necessary
    • Tall socks
    • Rain gear, even if it isn’t raining
    • Liner gloves
    • Extra warm layers
    • Lunch, snacks, and water or a packed lunch
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera

    What NOT to bring:

    • Bear Spray
    • Fire Arms
    • Alcohol
  • Chevron down Reviews
  • Great Glacier Climb
    Highly recommend Mica for guide services for ice climbing. Great guides and photographer. All did an excellent job of dealing with all skill levels of the group.”

Have a professional photographer on your trip. Details.

Book today and receive a coupon for 35% off our Extreme Zip Adventure after purchase!

All trip times are approximate and include travel time to and from the glacier.

*Our Ice Climbing fee does not include the Glacier Park Access Fee, which must be paid upon Check In at the MICA Base. The current fee is $25 per person but is subject to change; we have no control over this access fee.*

Minimum age: 12 years.

$179.  Click a date above for current availability and rate.

2-person Minimum.  You are welcome to sign up as a solo climber but we reserve the right to cancel the tour if no other guests sign up.  Should this be the case we would give you 5 days notice and a full refund.  This rarely happens but you should understand that it is a possibility.

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Phone (907) 351-7587
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Milepost 102.5, Glenn Highway Glacier View AK, 99674

Matanuska Glacier Tours since 1999.


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2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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