Ice Climbing

Gayle King and the O Magazine Crew Join Us for the Day!

Jul 18 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing
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We were thrilled to have Gayle King and the crew from O Magazine join us for a trip to Mendenhall Glacier. They were able to enter the ice caves and explore! Want the tour Gayle went on? Contact us about the Exclusive Glacier Blue Paddle Adventure – not found on the website but our custom tour offering for people who want a more private and custom option.

Gayle in the Ice Caves!

Safety briefing before entering the caves.

Ladies Day Out!

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Add us on Instagram!

Jan 18 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Wildlife
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Above & Beyond Alaska is now on Instagram!

Check out our latest pictures and adventures @abak_trips

Click here to see our: Instagram Feed or you can click the picture below and scroll through our latest photos.

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Jeff Corwin Joins the ABAK Team for a Day!

Jan 11 2017
By: Becky Janes
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing
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When famous explorer and outdoors man Jeff Corwin visits Alaska – he calls the best, the ABAK Guides!

Our Guide Manager Kayte Suslavich shows Jeff around the Mendenhall Ice Caves which can be seen on certain days during the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek or Mendenhall Trek Day Trips. The ice caves are in constant flux and change everyday. We try to visit as often as possible when the conditions are right. Contact Above and Beyond Alaska today to book your once in lifetime adventure to the Mendenhall Glacier and see it for yourself!

Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Treks TV Show Facebook Page

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Guide Training

May 12 2014
By: Corey Denton
Categories: Glacier Trekking, Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking
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Crevasse Rescue

Above and Beyond Alaska prides itself in hiring high quality staff that have relevant personal or professional experience traveling and camping in the environments found in Southeast Alaska.  Despite the experience new and returning staff bring with them, each season we require our guides to participate in our annual training.  Over a full day is spent discussing and practicing risk management and technical rescue skills on the glacier.  Another day is spent practicing man overboard drills with our motor boat, the Glacier Soul, and working on our kayak paddling technique and rescue skills – from basic to advanced.  Additional opportunities are provided for learning about the natural history of our area, exploring our trip areas (for newer staff), learning how we operate camping trips, and Leave No Trace principles.

Crevasse Rescue 2

This season the gorgeous weather has created an excellent environment to do these training exercises.  On May 3rd, ten guides spent a full day out on the Mendenhall Glacier.  The time on the ice was split between discussing risk/client management, setting up anchors, belaying one another, rappelling, practicing crevasse rescue in a beautifully blue crevasse that was half full of water, discussing cave safety and awareness, and exploring the glacier.  The Mendenhall, as always, was filled with a variety of beautiful features.  In addition to “the cave” that has gained worldwide popularity this winter from articles published in major newspapers and photos that have gone viral on the website, there were several large pools, tall seracs, vibrant blue streams, impressive crevasses, and tubes carved out in the ice walls.  Add in the amazing scenery of the surrounding mountains, the Mendenhall Lake and Valley, a few mountain goat sightings, and an enjoyable hike on the West Glacier and Spur trails – and you end up with one fantastic day of training.

   

After a couple of days of guided trips we once again gathered.  On May 7th, ?? staff spent the day out on the water.  The first couple hours we reviewed the safety procedures for operating the Glacier Soul, including “tossing” one of the guides overboard a few times.  The waters in Auke Bay were calm and quiet with a minimal amount of boat traffic.  

Upon returning to Auke Bay we loaded up kayaks and accessories and drove over to Auke Lake to get our feet and faces wet.  After a quick review and assessment of paddling strokes we got down to the business of rescues.  A variety of techniques were practiced so that our staff would be competent and confident in any situation that may occur on a trip.  For staff that will work our kayak shop, it provided the necessary experience to be able to provide informative and accurate safety briefings to our rental clients.

On the natural history side of things, several guides were able to participate in an annual  Marine Naturalist Symposium.  The two morning sessions were full of excellent presentations given by local experts on a variety of relevant subjects.

In the coming week several guides will have the opportunity to become familiar with how ABAK runs overnight trips.  From the 14-18 of May we will be inspecting our kayaks that are stored near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, exploring the Pack Creek Zoological Area, and paddling back to Juneau in 4 doubles with a couple of guides and local clients.  

The beginning of the season is a fun time of year for ABAK.  After a winter of skiing and traveling it’s refreshing to get back out on the Mendenhall Glacier and the water’s of the Inside Passage with old and new faces.

 

Hope to see you out here!

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Climbing Ice on Mendenhall

Aug 21 2012
By: Chris
Categories: Ice Climbing
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The Mendenhall Glacier and other glaciers in the Juneau Icefield are an amazing place to experience.  In addition to the moonlike landscape, unique features, and scenic vistas they are a natural playground.  ABAK’s guides spend their spare time doing some extreme climbing and exploration. 

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  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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