Alaska Mountaineering - Prime

Credit: Alexis Alloway

Alaska Mountaineering - Prime

This course takes you to a place in south central 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. 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.



2019 Dates

May 26 – June 8, 2019

Tuition: $4,525
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June 30 – July 13, 2019

Tuition: $4,525
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14 days

Minimum Age

23 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
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Palmer, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska

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“I am a biologist by trade and took a NOLS mountaineering course to prepare me for precarious conditions during field research. I research how shifting climatic conditions are impacting Antarctic food webs, using penguins as an environmental indicator. This research is conducted along the Antarctic Peninsula (poleward of Tierra Del Fuego), an area that has variable conditions depending on the time of year, precise location, and local weather patterns. At NOLS, I gained confidence in my route finding abilities and ensure that I used proper, safe protocols while navigating any sort of questionable terrain. These skills will help me lead the research group, and train and guide junior researchers. The technical and leadership skills that were emphasized during my NOLS course will aid me in these endeavors.” 

— Casey Y., NOLS Alaska Mountaineering Prime grad

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