Sure the flight around Denali was spectacular, but hiking, climbing and just being on the Matanuska Glacier is the only way to really experience one. Using MICA guides is the only way to do it. My daughter and I took a day of ice climbing as part of a 9 day Exposure Alaska trip. My expectations weren't high but we were so blown away by the experience that we came back on our last day in AK for a second, privately guided climb. The weather was exceptional the first day but less so the second, oh well. That said, I would be hard pressed to choose which day was better, the first for the novelty of the experience and fantastic weather and guides, or the second with harder routes, getting dropped into a crevasse to climb out led by an equally excellent guide under gray skies. Everyone at MICA emphasized safety, from the quality of the equipment to the safety checks by the guides with each and every step we took from the car to the glacier and back. Special kudos to Matt who did an exceptional job of showing us how to set an anchor, and, on the fly, reviewed how to rig a crevasse rescue when we asked him.
I cannot give a more enthusiastic review. Don't let your inexperience put you off. These folks are true pros and provide a breathtaking, safe experience for everyone.More