Alaska Mountaineering - Prime

Alaska Mountaineering - Prime


  • Learn to mountaineer on a course that fits your schedule
  • Travel up to 50 miles by ski, snowshoe, or foot
  • Exposure to glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques
  • Potential for technical peak ascents
  • Glacier living for ~ 90% of the course
This course takes you to a place in Southcentral Alaska often referred to as "the mountain kingdom of North America," where a chain of rugged mountain ranges and spectacular glaciers converge to make a mountaineers dreamscape.

Within this region you'll explore the coastal Chugach Range, the interior Alaska Range, or the vast Wrangell-St. Elias Range. The specific route for each course is entirely season dependent, with expeditions in the early season climbing mostly above snow line to access terrain via huge snowfields and courses operating in the later season completing technical ice routes on glacier.

This shorter course for students ages 23 and older flies directly onto a glacier to maximize time for technical skill development, providing an ideal training ground for learning to live and travel responsibly and efficiently in challenging mountain terrain.


Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $4,275 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $250
Minimum Age 23
Duration 14 Days
Type Prime - Adult Courses
Start/End Palmer, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Anchorage, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
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“What was most rewarding about my course? Getting to know the instructors, exploring such incredible terrain, and learning a host of new technical skills to safely navigate inherently dangerous areas.”

-Thomas G.

Alaska Mountaineering - Prime Grad