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“A blast - do not miss!!!”
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Ascending Path
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience a unique and authentic wilderness adventure on your Alaskan vacation. Within an hour of Anchorage we can have you glacier hiking, rock and ice climbing and enjoying Alaska on a spectacular guided hike. Whether you're a first time hiker or experienced ski-mountaineer, have an entire day or just a few hours, we have a variety of day tour adventures for you. Let us share Alaska's glaciers, wilderness and wildlife at your pace. The many accessible and beautiful trails and glaciers in the Chugach Mountains, near Girdwood and Anchorage, provide a superb naturalist guided eco-adventure environment. Bring your family or friends out with our knowledgeable guides for a fun adventurous day truly experiencing Alaska! Great for families, no experience needed! We look forward to sharing your Alaskan Adventure with you!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Lake Mary, Florida
2 reviews
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“A blast - do not miss!!!”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Molly guided our family of 6 (4 teens) on a glacier hike on the last day of our amazing Alaskan vacation. We really didn't expect the glacier hike to live up to the whitewater rafting, salmon fishing, deep sea fishing, helicopter wildlife viewing, sea kayaking, rainforest hiking or float plane sight seeing and other fabulous things we had already done. But we were so wrong! We had an absolute blast! It was the perfect way to end our Alaskan vacation - where each experience rivalled the one before. Absolutely not to be forgotten - thank you Molly!!!

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Mikky22
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English first
2 reviews
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“Lunch in an ice cave on Spencer Glacier”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

One of the unforgettable highlights of our trip to Alaska with friends was the Spencer Glacier hike we took with Ascending Path. Our guide Ryan was experienced, friendly and very aware of the potential dangers of exploring a glacier. We were lucky enough to find an ice cave, the most perfect blue color I've ever seen, where we sat on our packs and took some time for lunch out of the rain. That cave will likely be gone now, but be assured these knowledgable guides will find other wonders out there! The hike is accessed via a fun train ride and a brisk hike, making for an all day adventure. We had a senior citizen and a teen on the trip, so it's a good bet for families. Glaciers change dramatically day to day, so if we go back we would do this again without question.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Karl B
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Plymouth, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“How many times do you see ONLY excellent reviews!”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Two families from ages 17 to 59 hiked Spencer Glacier with Ascending Path and it was the highlight of a great trip to Alaska. You need to take a train to this glacier, but that is fun, too and the guides are Great! Run, don't walk to Ascending Path! Thanks again for an unforgettable experience!

Visited June 2012
2 Thank rerelyon
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Severna Park, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
“Glacier Hike with the Best!”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

Ascending path led an awesome trip to the Spencer Glacier!! Special thanks to Matt Szundy, owner, for creating a wonderful and professional experience that will be remembered for a very long time! Extra special thanks for finding us the most amazing cave to explore! I will be back again for that ice climb...

Visited June 2012
Thank Kate T
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Plymouth, mich
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Ice Climbing the Spencer Glacier”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

I am writing for two families that traveled together to Alaska in late June 2012. Our experience ice climbing the Spencer Glacier with Ascending Path was a highlight of an overall memorable trip. We had initially been scheduled to go ice climbing on the Byron Glacier. Matt (the owner) called us a few days before the trip and notified us that the Byron Glacier wasn't safe to climb currently and that we would have to be shifted to the Spencer Glacier. After climbing the Spencer Glacier, I can't believe that the Byron Glacier could have been any better. The only access to the Spencer Glacier is via the Alaska Railway. We picked up the railway in Portage, Alaska and took a 30 minute train ride to the base of the Spencer glacier. From there, our two guides (Matt and Amy) led our party of 10 out onto the glacier, into an ice cave and up a 40 foot glacier wall. The experience was incredible and the views breath-taking. Matt and Amy did a great job supervising the 10 in our group, making the entire experience both safe and incredibly memorable. Everyone in the party, ranging from 17 to 58 years in age was able to scale the glacial wall. I would strongly recommend this experience to anyone ranging from teenagers and up (It may be tough for younger children). Matt and his crew do an outstanding job. The Spencer Glacier is an incredible experience.

Visited June 2012
Thank Greg1022
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