Exit Glacier Ice Climbing Trip

While no experience is necessary for this tour, a sense of adventure is required for full enjoyment of our awesome introductory glacier Ice Climbing trip. This is THE opportunity to learn basic Ice Climbing and to spend hours exploring an ever-changing glacier!

We take safety seriously on our climbing trips

Glaciers are an inherently dangerous environment, and Exit Glacier is no exception. We've had a perfect safety record for 13 years, because of the care and attention we give to the training of each of our guides.

We are the only company guiding on exit glacier that does not have officially documented unsafe and negligent guiding practices.

We don't have novice glacier guides leading our trips, ever. We don't take kayak or rafting guides, and turn them into glacier guides overnight. When you go on a glacier with us, you know that your lead guide has had years of experience glacier guiding, and that any assistant guide has undergone a rigorous training program and emergency skills assessment before they are allowed to work alongside our leads. No matter who you choose to take you on a glacier in Alaska, make sure that you ask that company about your guide's training on glaciers and their level of experience. When it comes to training and safety, not all glacier guiding companies are created equally. 

For more about our training program, check out this page.

Exit Glacier Ice Climbing

You don't need any experience or special equipment to come climb with us on this tour, just a sense of adventure. We provide small client to guide ratios of 3:1 on this tour, which is led by experienced instructors who use carefully maintained equipment to lead you out onto the ice. Our tours are designed to not only expose you to the world of Ice Climbing, but also to spend a large amount of time on the glacier just simply exploring and finding amazing features around every corner—or crevasse.

We start our trip at our office in Seward, Alaska to outfit you with all the necessary equipment. Just bring the recommended clothing and a camera and we’ll provide everything else including technical equipment, a backpack, and trekking poles. Our shuttle, Duke, will transport us to Exit Glacier where an hour-and-a-half hike through a de-glaciated landscape brings us to the edge of the glacier. Donning our crampons we first find a gentle slope to teach the basics of climbing, crampon usage, and safety. Then it’s on to the crevasse fields where we will ascend bigger walls and explore some of the more remarkable physical features of the glacier.

While this tour does not require climbing experience, the physical ability to be outside hiking, climbing, and pushing your athletic abilities is a must. We hike a total of about 4.5 miles and gain and lose about 1500 feet of elevation. The payoff is a secluded mountain experience and vistas that will be with you forever. We will provide all the necessary equipment including a backpack, boots, snacks and water. All you need is the appropriate attire and things you will most likely already be travelling with.

Tap into that adventurer, explorer, thrill seeker and/or inner child and join us for some awesome glacier climbing!

Season:  May 25th-ish through September 8th

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Add discounted Kayaking or Paddleboarding to this trip!

Booking this tour makes you eligible for a discounted Kayaking or Paddleboarding trip with legendary local company Liquid Adventures! For details about this awesome deal, check out this page, or look in your confirmation email after booking this trip for instructions on how to redeem your discount.

Essential Details

Moderate to Hard
This trip is an all day excursion that begins in our office and runs about 8 hours in length
Departure Time 
8am or 10am
Minimum Age 
Trip Price 
$195 Per Person (plus tax)