Mt. Blackburn (16,390′)
Mt. Blackburn is the highest mountain in the Wrangell Range. It is located in Wrangell St Elias National Park. The park and the adjacent 27 million acres, including Glacier Bay National Park, comprise the largest protected wilderness area in the world. It is an extremely jagged and glaciated mountain landscape that includes the world’s largest non-polar ice caps, pristine fjords, and wilderness rivers. Peak elevations in this region range up to over 19,000 feet. It is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the world. Mt. Blackburn offers an outstanding big mountain climbing experience set amidst this back drop. It is an exciting destination for any experienced climber interested in remote wilderness expeditions! The trip begins with a one-hour ski plane flight to the Nebesna Glacier. We land on the glacier at approx. 8,000 ft and spend a couple of days acclimatizing before moving up. Our route follows the Northwest Ridge (Alaska Grade 3+) and involves moderate snow and ice climbing with challenging route finding and spectacular vistas! The expedition is scheduled for seventeen days to allow for acclimatization and weather. Please contact us for detailed itineraries & information.
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. We will meet you in Anchorage the evening before the trip for an equipment check and orientation. The following morning we will travel to Chitna, where we will fly into the mountain.
THE CLIMB: We will fly into the 8,000 ft level on the mountain and spend a couple of days acclimatizing and carrying loads. From base camp we will move to camp one at 10,000 ft just below the Northwest Ridge proper. From here we will use one or two more camps along the spectacular ridge. The climbing along the ridge involves steep snow and ice climbing that requires the use of two tools and front pointing. On summit day the climbing is not as steep, but the challenges of altitude and weather are still very demanding. After summit day we will descend the same route we climbed. After we fly out of the mountains we will retrace our route to Anchorage for flights home, or, continued Alaska adventures. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your ability to participate in this expedition.
ITINERARIES AND 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 have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Alaska and the world, and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.
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!
LENGTH: 17 days (Anchorage to Anchorage)
INCLUDED: Ski plane flights and ground transportation in Anchorage, all food during the trip, instructors/guides, and all group climbing and camping equipment.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Anchorage, hotel and food in Anchorage, personal equipment, and sales tax.
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS: Anchorage based programs can easily be combined with rafting, sea kayaking, and mountain bike trips. Contact us if you would like more information.
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.