Here's your chance to try out ice climbing...on the Matanuska Glacier! Book today and receive a coupon for 35% off our Extreme Zip Adventure after purchase!

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“I did the ice climbing…I didn’t expect I could do it, but I had a great day and it was an unbelievable challenge. It was the most exciting thing I did on my trip in Alaska.”
– ESTHER L, THE NETHERLANDS

“At the end of the trip, the students nearly unanimously wrote ice climbing as their favorite activity of the summer. The guides had a lot of knowledge and were enjoyable to be around. ”
– KYNDRA, ADVENTURE TREKS

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What to Expect

  • 6 hours of Matanuska Glacier Ice Climbing; this activity includes 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)
  • To reach some of the best climbing on the Matanuska expect to hike about an hour over uneven terrain to reach the climbing site
  • Progression of climbing throughout the day, from beginner bouldering to more challenging and physically demanding walls

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 and 30% off a 4:30 pm Ice Fall trek!  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 20% on Luxury Camping

Save over 30% on the AK Metal Rodeo

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

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, we have some great options for you to borrow if don’t have your own!
  • 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 if you have them, 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
  • Liner gloves
  • Extra warm layers
  • Lunch, snacks, and water or a packed lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

What NOT to bring:

  • Bear Spray
  • Fire Arms
  • Alcohol

Matanuska Glacier Ice Climbing

Summertime on “the Mat” is an excellent time to experience the vertical world of ice climbing.  Varying climbing walls, 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 knowledgeable 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. 

To reach some of the best climbing on the Matanuska expect to hike about an hour over uneven terrain to reach the climbing site.

Have a professional photographer on your trip.  More about our photography services.

Enhance your glacier trip with a packed lunch! More about our lunch options.

*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.

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