Here’s your chance to try out ice climbing on the Matanuska Glacier! A variety of climbing walls for most abilities, professional instruction.
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 strong level of physical fitness is required. This trip is best suited for people looking for the most challenging and technical glacial experience.
Your day begins with a demanding 2 mile hike over uneven glacial moraine to the best climbing terrain the Matanuska has to offer. Depending on your group’s ability and pace, this hike takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half and involves walking over loose rocks, muddy ice, and steep slopes. While strenuous, this hike allows our groups to escape the larger crowds on the lower glacier and access some of the most dramatic climbing terrain the Matanuska has to offer. Guests have the unique opportunity to intimately experience dramatic glacial features through climbing in deep canyons, crevasses, and moulins.
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.
A full day on the Matanuska Glacier. This includes a demanding 6 mile round-trip hike to the best climbing terrain, and 3-4 hours of ice climbing in which you can expect 3-4 climbs per person depending on group ability and pace. Your time climbing vs. moraine hiking depends on group ability and pace. The best way to maximize climbing time is to book a custom trip.
Some down time during which your guide will be building anchors and other group members will be climbing.
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.
The majority of climbing terrain requires lowering into glacial features such as a moulins (deep shafts in the ice) or glacial canyons. Guests on this trip should not be afraid of height exposure.
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 typically 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.
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 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
Rain gear, even if it isn’t raining
Extra warm layers
Lunch, snacks, and water or a packed lunch
What NOTto bring:
“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.*
$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.
Make the MOST of your time on ice and customize your experience! Whether you want to Ice Climb, explore, or have a photo shoot, a scenic flight past the Ice Fall lets you make the most of your time on the glacier. Starting price for 2!