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On The Matanuska Glacier

The Art of Mixed Climbing

Elemental Climbing The interest in rock climbing and ice climbing has been on the rise since it started gaining popularity in the 70’s and 80’s. Now, decades later, many travel to glacier ice to experience climbing on pristine ice walls. And anyone who has climbed, whether it be their first time or they are an…

First Responders in the Backcountry

MICA Guides working on their rescue skills after work Any activity in the outdoor industry can have lots of potential dangers, which is why MICA Guides takes their role as first responders so seriously, often taking extra time at the end of the day to work on these crucial skills. Accidents are unpredictable, sudden, and…

Alaska Teen Adventures

MICA Guides is partnering and supporting the Matanuska Outdoor Institute to offer adventures for teens this summer. Students can learn skills in backcountry navigation, backpacking, outdoors survival and ice climbing in addition to basic camping and outdoors life.  In addition to the hard skills, our goal is to help these kids and young adults develop…

A Lifeless Glacier?

Moss balls found on the Matanuska From the surface, glaciers can look like a lifeless, frozen land, but if you look at the glacier closely, you’ll be able to see that is far from the truth. The glacier itself is constantly moving and changing not unlike a river of ice filling in the valley, a…

Spring Glacier Camping Giveaway

Win a Night on Matanuska Glacier We are giving away one night luxury camping on Matanuska Glacier, which includes a helicopter flight to and from the glacier camp, with dinner and breakfast on the glacier.  Below are the complete rules. Giveaway administered by Exposure Alaska (doing business as MICA Guides) and affiliates. Giveaway is void…

Advanced Trekking on the Glacier

Here at MICA Guides there is no shortage on choices when it comes to what trek to take. Sometimes it can be hard to know what trip is best for you and your group. One of my favorite trips on the glacier is the Advanced Trek. This day trip is a great way to dive…

Top 10 Things to do in Glacier View

Glacier View may be a small town along the Glenn Highway, but you’ll be surprised to see just how much this town has to offer. Check out the Top 10 activities and places to visit during your next trip. Be sure to read through because we have saved the best for last!!! 10: Howdy Hall…

Glacier View’s G2 View

This is a ride so fast that you’ll hardly have time to enjoy the thrilling views! Don’t worry – that’s why MICA Guides offers plenty of other trips onto the Glacier itself for a close up view! Glacier View Adventure’s G2 zipline is Alaska’s fastest zipline. The fastest recorded zip was 63mph! Many zipline tours…

Ice Screws 101

Ever wondered how Ice Screws work? If you have been on a Helicopter trip, Ice Climbing trek or Advanced Trek with MICA Guides you might have noticed that the guides carry around giant screws with a bolt on the end. These are ice screws and are used to create a V-thread in the ice which…

Glacier Camping Journal Entries

The Glacier Diaries Flying over the Matanuska Glacier by helicopter to arrive at your private ice climbing base camp is quite the adventure. Now, add glamping and gourmet meals to the mix and you have yourself an overnight glacier camping experience. See what these guests had to say about their trip out to glacier camp….

MICA Guides on YouTube

Major updates to our YouTube Throughout the last few seasons we have been updating our videos so that all of our clients may best understand their upcoming activities, and look back to remember where they’ve been. We have added over a dozen new videos of our top activities to our YouTube page.  With all of…

Winter Time on a Glacier

Life on a glacier is constantly changing, sometimes faster than others. During the summer you can see glacial changes happen in a matter of hours by means of meltwater and shifting. And in the winter the glacial world moves much slower and offers a different perspective of the ice. Summertime on a Glacier Meltwater carves…