Take off in a helicopter for the thrilling experience of heli-flightseeing, landing on a glacier, donning crampons and a helmet, and safely exploring the blue ice. It’s an exciting, educational half-day trip that you won’t soon forget.
This awe-inspiring excursion begins in Girdwood. You’ll take off in the helicopter and fly over areas inaccessible to anything but aircraft, with incredible views of mountains and surrounding glaciers out every window.
You’ll then land on Spencer Glacier (or another nearby glacier), where an Ascending Path guide will take your small group (6 people or less per guide) to witness breathtaking ice features. Discover blue ice, hidden ice caves, crevasses, and vivid deep blue pools of water.
Learn how glaciers carved the landscape, this glacier has been affected by climate change. It’s an experience that’s simply not possible without a helicopter.
For even more adventure, add the unique experience of ice climbing. Get expert instruction from your guide, and grab your ice-climbing ax, mountaineering boots, ropes, and hardware for this top-rope climbing. Then start scaling the wall of ice!
Both trips include a deli boxed lunch, bottled water, and snacks.
About Ascending Path
The owners of Ascending Path, Matt and Heather Szundy, live the business. (In fact, they met on an ascent of Denali!) Matt and Heather have spent their adult lives exploring, from Nepal and New Zealand to Antarctica and Alaska. Matt has guided for Hollywood film crews, acted as a stunt double for ice climbing films – and was even called on by the White House to guide President Obama on a 2015 trip to Exit Glacier.
Here are some of the reasons Ascending Path is the go-to guiding company for so many:
Ascending Path is the only permitted operator for glacier hiking and climbing on Spencer Glacier in the Chugach National Forest. Ascending Path nurtures relationships with local partners – such as the Alyeska Resort, Alaska Railroad and Alpine Air – so that visitors can have convenient access to Alaska’s wilderness areas.
Accomplished and enthusiastic mountaineering guides
Ascending Path is the rare guiding company that employs expedition guides for day trips. Your adventure may be led by a guide who has summited Denali, kayaked on month-long ocean expeditions, worked in Antarctica and/or climbed in the Himalayas. Enthusiasm and love of the outdoors is something the Szundys look for in every guide they hire, so when you opt for an Ascending Path guided trip, you’re guaranteed a fascinating adventure filled with tons of interesting facts and maybe even some corny jokes.
This excursion has a maximum of six guests to one guide. Small groups are better risk management, have less impact on the environment and allow for maximum interaction between guests and guides. Having a fun, friendly and attentive guide can make a regular outing a spectacular day. Learn about ice formations while on the glacier. Strap on the crampons and learn to glacier hiking while viewing crevasses as you explore an ancient ice field. The pros here not only guide, but they teach and inspire, and with very small ratios, you won’t be lost in a crowd. Each trip is customized to your skills and interests. No previous experience is necessary!