Mt. Drum (12,400′)
Climb A Volcano in the Wrangell St. Elias Range! Mt. Drum is located on the North East end of the Wrangell St. Elias Range. And offers the climber a chance to climb a technical peak in one of the Wildest Ranges in the World. The trip begins with a flight from Chitna with the famous Bush Pilot Paul Claus. From Base Camp we will set two or three camps before going for the summit. The climb starts out with glacier travel and then moves onto an airy ridge to the summit. The route offers a few sections of steep snow and scree where we often double carry our gear. The last couple days are spent on the exposed ridge, offering fantastic climbing and great views of the range. Mt. Drum is appropriate for mountaineers who are confident with basic mountaineering skills and comfortable with exposure. The climb does not entail the use of two ice tools, but good footwork and solid ice axe technique are required.
Remember to bring your camera for the incredible views!
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 MT. DRUM: From Anchorage we will take a private van for the three-hour ride to Chitna. From Chitna it is a 25-minute scenic flight onto the mountain.
THE MOUNTAINS: Mount Drum 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 amongst the best in North America for learning mountaineering skills, and the climbing, trekking, and skiing here are truly world class!
THE CLIMB: We will fly into the 6000 ft level on the mountain and begin to work our way up the mountain. The climb starts out with glacier travel and then moves onto an airy ridge to the summit. The route offers a few sections of steep snow and scree where we often double carry our gear. The last couple days are spent on the exposed ridge, offering fantastic climbing and great views of the range. Graduates of our 7 day Expedition Primer or the 7 day Alpine Climbing Course would be ready for this climb.
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/SATELITTE PHONES: 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! We carry Satellite phones and ground to air radios on every trip.
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: 10 days. Many companies offer this trip in 7 days. We like to have a few extra days to wait out weather, offering us the greatest chance of success. If we summit early, there are numerous other climbs in the area.
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.