Mt. Bona (16,421′)
Mount Bona is located in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It is a spectacular climb situated in a remote and wild setting. Mount Bona is an outstanding spot to gain expedition and altitude experience, and is also a significant climbing objective in its own right! The trip begins with a flight from Chitna to the Ultima Thule Lodge. The fly-in lodge is the only private land inside the boundary of the park, and is a beautiful place to stage our expedition from. From the lodge we will fly to the mountain in ski planes and establish a base camp. We will use two or three camps above base to move us into position for summit day. Summit day will be between eight and fourteen hours. Remember to bring your camera for the incredible views!
Mount Bona can also be climbed as a ski mountaineering peak! Please contact us for more information regarding the use of skis on the climb.
ANCHORAGE: Anchorage will be the start and finish point for this trip. It is an interesting city and is a good hub for arranging any additional travel before, or, after your trip.
TRAVEL TO THE ULTIMA THULE LODGE: From Anchorage we will take a private van for the three-hour ride to Chitna. From Chitna it is a 45-minute scenic flight into the lodge. Once at the lodge we will either fly directly to the mountain, or stay for the evening, depending on the current weather conditions on the mountain.
THE MOUNTAINS: Mount Bona is located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Park and the adjacent 27 million acres comprise the largest protected wilderness area in the world. It is an extremely jagged, glaciated, mountain landscape containing several of the largest non-polar ice caps in the world. This terrain is among the best in North America for honning your mountaineering skills, and the climbing, trekking, and skiing here are truly world class!
THE CLIMB: We will fly into the 10,000 ft level on the mountain and spend a couple of days acclimatizing before moving up. The climbing on Mt Bona is basic to moderate snow and ice climbing. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your ability to participate in this expedition. After we are done with the climb we will retrace our route to Anchorage for flights home, or continued Alaska adventures.
ITINERARIES & ALTITUDE: Our itineraries include ample time for rest and acclimatization days. They are designed to provide participants with a positive high altitude experience!
OUR GUIDES: Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being in the mountain environment. They bring a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Alaska, and the world, to every trip. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. All of our guides are also professional climbing instructors who genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. This is an important consideration for individuals who have not spent a lot of time at altitude and are interested in learning the safest, and most efficient ways to climb.
PULSE OXIMETERS: Pulse oximeters are small, precise, medical instruments that essentially give a digital readout of how you are acclimatizing. With this information we can make more informed decisions as to how we can best tailor the trip to meet your individual needs. We use them every step of the way, on every trip to altitude. In our opinion all high altitude guides should have one to help assure your safety!
INCLUDED: Ski plane flights and ground transportation Anchorage to Anchorage, all food during the trip, guides, and all group climbing and camping equipment.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Anchorage, hotel and food in Anchorage, and personal equipment.
LENGTH: 12 days
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.