Alaska Mountaineering


  • Explore the highest peaks in North America on this 30 day course
  • Glacier living for up to 90% of the course
  • Introduction to avalanche safety skills
  • Glacier travel by ski, snowshoe, or foot, totaling up to 120 miles
  • Introduction to crevasse rescue techniques
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 mountaineer's 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.

All routes on the course for students ages 17 and older are classically Alaskan with long approaches on large glaciers. This course provides an ideal training ground for learning to live and travel responsibly and efficiently in challenging mountain terrain.


Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $6,500 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $450
Minimum Age 17
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Palmer, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Anchorage, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“Getting to the summit, great! But for me, its take it or leave it, its not about being on the summit. Its about the experience and process of getting there.”

-Rahul N.