Climbing & Mountaineering in Gustavus & Glacier Bay Alaska
Mountaineering trips in the area should be well planned...
Glacier Bay Alaska is one of the world's most incredible natural wonders.
In the summer months, many thousands of visitors filter through Gustavus to
Because this is a marine based wilderness area, few "tourists" experience the park by foot, with the exception of taking short walks from the lodge in Bartlett Cove, or along the more accessable beaches in town.
For the more daring, committed, or adventurous, there are many more options of foot travel in the Glacier Bay and Gustavus area.
This page lists some ideas.
Technical rockclimbing around the Glacier Bay and Gustavus area is good, but limited.
The land in the Gustavus forelands area is devoid of cliffs, however, if one can access the coastal areas via boat or hike, they can find some pretty fantastic walls to scale.
Due to the remote nature of the area, none of these walls are bolted and most have never really been officially "routed" or documented. Hardcore rock and ice climbing enthusiasts in search of undiscovered walls and precipices will not be disappointed!
For more information on climbing in the area, contact local climbing instructor Van Swanson at (907) 697-2474. His knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, and continous "quest for the perfect
wall" makes him an excellent choice for guide services or information.
For the most part, mountaineering within the Gustavus area and Glacier Bay Park is a fairly serious matter and should be left for experienced mountaineers and climbers.
Casual dayhiking up 6,000 foot steep and untracked walls is not for the untrained or unfit.
None of these mountains have trails and all are heavily brush laden. Strennous bushwacking is the norm.
Any glaciated mountains above 6,000 feet (like the Fairweathers, for example) should only be attempted with an
experienced guide and you should definately have had some experiences with climbing lessor Alaskan mountains before attempting or planning.
P.O. Box 1081
Haines AK 99827
Toll Free: 800-766-3396
Gustavus: 907-697-2411 (May-Sept)
Haines, Alaska: 907-766-3366
Leading remote wilderness expeditions and treks is our specialty and we employ the best guides and instructors in the business. They are exceptional at helping individuals to learn the best ways to approach a first glacier trek or to excel on more advanced expeditions.