My boyfriend and I went up to Alaska for 12 days this summer to camp and explore. The first 5 days of our trip was spent in Seward. While we thoroughly enjoyed kayaking, fishing and the other activities Seward and the Kenai had to offer, our trip with Exit Glacier Guides was by far the highlight of the trip, if not all of our past travels.
We are generally active and like to explore different things when we travel and this glacier trip was absolutely different! You can see the glaciers when you are driving or on the train, but you cannot fully appreciate the scale of these massive ice hunks until you are actually out ON (in!) the ice.
We did the the hike and climb trip. Julian was our guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the glacier, the history of the landscape, the ecosystem, alaska...and it made the hike up to the glacier wonderful. He ever stopped along the trail to point out and pick edible berries for us to eat! Once we got to the glacier, we strapped on crampons (foot spikes) and headed on to the ice for a climbing tutorial. I was pretty hesitant about the climbing, but my boyfriend took to it immediately. The climbing we did, into the glacier crevasses, was unlike anything either of us have ever experienced and we have some incredible photos to prove it. Deep inside the crevasses is like another world. Climbing back up is tough, but soooooo worth it.
Our guide was always focused on us, and was aware of our risk tolerances and comfort levels. And, being a photographer himself, he also helped to point out great photo ops so we could capture each other climbing on film!
Climbing a glacier was never on my bucket list, but it absolutely should have been!! This trip was absolutely amazing. A must-do activity, without a doubt.
I would highly recommend bringing warm layers, including waterproof and/or extra gloves. Also, extra snacks if you tend to be a hungry person.
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