Fly over to Juneau Icefield and learn about the techniques of ice travel and climbing!
This Extended Helicopter Glacier Trek is for adventure seekers wishing to maximize their time on the glacier, explore more territory, and learn basic ice climbing techniques. The adventure begins with a short drive from the Mt. Robert's Tram building to our base located next to the Juneau International Airport. You will be outfitted with mountaineering boots, a climbing harness, gaiters, and appropriate rain gear, as well as gloves, a backpack, water, and a granola bar.
Once everyone is ready, you will receive a safety briefing before boarding one of our A-Star helicopters for a flightseeing tour over old-growth trees of the Tongass National Forest, dramatic mountain ranges, and expansive flows of ice that change from white to brilliant shades of blue. Flight routes and landing locations are pilots' choice depending on conditions to give you the best views of the day. You may visit any of the following glaciers: Mendenhall, Taku, Norris, Herbert, Gilkey, Battle, or Thiel.
Upon landing at our base camp on the glacier, your guide will outfit you with crampons, a helmet, and an ice axe and provide instruction on how to properly use the equipment for safe glacier travel. Once familiarized with the gear, you will hike across the rugged terrain past moulins, deep crevasses, and crystal blue rivers, as you make your way into the glacier's most remote areas. Your climbing destination is a massive 300-ft ice wall where you will learn ice climbing techniques and have the opportunity to practice your skills on a portion of this towering feature while on belay.
After an educational exploration of the stunning glacier features and ample photo opportunities, your pilot will return you on a short, scenic flight back to our heliport. Our comfortable vans will then return you to your pick-up point.
Reporting Accurate Weights
Please report proper weights of all guests (including the weight of clothes and boots). Inputting improper weights, or selecting the wrong passenger type can lead to cancellation without refund. Please be aware that every guest is individually weighed at the helicopter base.