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About Exit Glacier Guides - Day Tours
We're excited that 2016 marks our 12th year guiding adventurous travelers onto Exit Glacier and into other amazing locales around Seward. Our company created guided glacier trips in Seward, and we've spent a decade honing our focus on safety and creating amazing client experiences. Our biggest asset is our amazing staff. We are a seasonal business that has been fortunate enough to have our experienced staff come back year after year, which is very rare for our industry. Hope to see you in Seward!
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kelsfran92 wrote a review Sep 2020
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Ice Climbing with Rachel and Julia was the highlight of our Alaska trip! Ice climbing is an inherently dangerous activity and we did not worry about safety once during the entire activity. That is really a testament to the skill of the guides. They were fun, engaging, incredibly knowledgable and in impressively good shape to complete that activity several times a week without complaint! We were blown away. It is a surreal experience to actually climb on the glacier and likely, for us, a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you! **a note on activity level necessary because I know I scoured reviews for clarity. In my opinion the climb up the mountain is the easiest part. Anybody with a baseline of fitness and the willingness to push yourself can get through this part. Ice climbing itself is very difficult. It takes a lot of coordination and requires all muscle groups -- this was easily the most fatiguing part. That being said -- the instructors are very patient and do not expect the participants to be athletes. I know I was very clumsy and was probably an embarrassment to the climbing community but I am so glad I did it! My advice is to try and book this at the beginning of the trip, or try to book between 2 days of lower activity (i.e. for us boat tour prior, and travel day after). We were sore the next day, but it was sooo worth it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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afchavarria wrote a review Sep 2020
Dallas, Texas3 contributions1 helpful vote
As soon as I booked my trip, I receive a rapid response. The staff addressed the questions I had very quickly. Once I got there, Rachel was my guide and she was amazing! She was very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I would highly recommend booking a tour with Exit Glacier Guides.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kath B wrote a review Sep 2020
Tulsa, Oklahoma68 contributions15 helpful votes
My fiance and I just returned from Alaska and the Ice Climbing Tour run by Exit Glacier Guides was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip! It was such a surreal experience to be able to hike up onto the glacier and then be able to climb in and out of it! I have climbed maybe a few times in my life at a local gym but our guide Cam made me feel so extremely comfortable during the whole process. He made me feel super safe and confident in my beginner climbing abilities. Luckily during the time of COVID it was just me and my fiance and another person on our tour so the tour felt very private. They definitely followed all COVID guidelines! My fiance and I talked about this tour the whole rest of the week we were in Alaska and we will cherish the pictures and memories forever! If you can request a guide, definitely request Cam, he's the best!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Vance wrote a review Sep 2020
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Arnold was an awesome guide. It’s expensive but most is in Alaska. You do get your bang for you buck and it’s a full 5 plus hours of adventure.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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krawner wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois810 contributions563 helpful votes
Had spectacular time ice climbing with exit glacier guides. $250 per person. Scenic, active, and adventurous. Group had 6 clients and 2 guides. Rachel and Julia were friendly, helpful, and engaging. Met at store at 8PM. Fitted with ice climbing boots, crampons, helmet, backpack, harness, gloves. Bring layers of hiking clothes, water, sunglasses, hiking boots, camera, and money for tip. Took shuttle ride 20 minutes to Exit glacier. The hike up was warm (t shirt and pants / shorts) but Exit glacier was cold (2 pants and outer layer should be waterproof, long sleeve wool/ tech shirt, fleece/ down jacket, then rain shell). Hike is 1500 ft elevation and took a couple hours. Climbed 3 routes. One was a practice climb with instruction. The other 2 were down into a glacier moulin which was blue and beautiful with a small waterfall. Ice climbing is harder than it looks and some fitness and coordination is required. Also shouldn’t be afraid of heights since you will be descending backwards down an ice cliff. Overall a fun and worthwhile experience for good views and excitement.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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