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Learn to Rock Climb in Alaska

Rock Climbing with Ascending Path is an exhilarating experience that will be sure to be a memorable adventure for everyone. Rock Climbing trips are great for families and people of all abilities and ages. Technically experienced rock climbing guides teach everyone from first-timers to advanced climbers at Tram Rock a few minute walk from the Hotel Alyeska. Non-climbers may watch for free. This a top-roped climbing experience amidst the towering trees of temperate rainforest.


  • Your Rock Climbing guide/instructor
  • All climbing gear including: helmet, harness, rock shoes, chalk bag, ropes and hardware
  • Granola bars/snacks and bottled waters
  • Bear Protection

Half Day Climb

Season: May 26- Sept 16, 2018 Ages: 3-70


Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska

Group Size

Min: 2 people, Max: 10 people Ratio: 5/1

Activity Level

No Experience Necessary Moderate
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Less than a half mile total. Tram Rock is just a quick 10 minute hike from Hotel Alyeska.


This is a moderate to strenuous activity; however, No experience is necessary. In order to get the most out of your trip, we recommend that you can walk a mile and have a regular fitness routine including cardio and strength training. You might also want to seek out a local indoor climbing gym and give climbing a try once. See our Pre-trip Fitness recommendations. 


  • Trips generally run 3-4 hours 
  • This trip is great for families, groups and solo travelers
  • Trip is weather dependent
    • If conditions are too wet, we will try to reschedule or substitute another trip. 
  • Private buyouts and custom, full-day instruction is available 
  • All guests are required to fill out our online Adventure Application and Waiver in advance.
  • After reserving your spot- you can easily login to our reservation system to make any changes up to 14 days in advance of your trip (with no fees or drama!)
  • Spaces fill quickly so call to book your trip today!


Wear comfortable stretchy work-out type clothes dressing in layers (sweatshirt or fleece jacket, tee shirt, sweat pants or yoga pants, sunglasses, ball cap) running shoes and a camera. For questions about what to bring and wear read our Be Prepared Document.


Gratuities for your awesome guide!


Trips start and finish at the Tramway circle at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska at trip meeting time.

Tramway Circle at the Hotel Alyeska: 1000 Arlberg Ave 


Girdwood is a small ski town in winter and a mecca for adventure and nature loving tourists to Alaska in the summer. It is home to the Alyeska Ski Resort and hotel, which has the longest double black diamond ski runs in North America. The northern most latitude of North America's Temperate Coastal Rainforest stops in Girdwood. Songbirds and rufous hummingbirds migrate worldwide to mate and fledge their young in the abundant Hemlock and Sitka Spruce forests of Girdwood. In Fall, blueberries, salmonberries, wild raspberries and numerous species of mushrooms can be found valley wide. The Alyeska Hotel hosts the Fiddlehead Fern festival, Blueberry Festival and Fungus Fair among other festivals and musicians every summer.

Annually, Fourth of July weekend, brings the decades old Forest Fair. It's is a 3 day festival that hosts musicians, yummy food, and local artists with handmade art, crafts, clothing, jewelry and pottery. The kiddos have their own art booth where they can make art and crafts. Also, local Girdwood and Alaskan kids have the opportunity to have booths to sell their handmade treats and crafts. This is such a popular event that includes a parade and fun run.

Girdwood was founded during the Gold Rush era of the late 1800's. It was originally called Glacier City due to all the hanging glaciers you can see capping all the surrounding mountains. It is a glacier carved valley surrounded by mountains ranging in size from 4,000 - 7,000 feet. The mouth of the valley abuts the Turnagain Arm which leads to the Pacific Ocean. We can see Beluga Whales in the Turnagain Arm surfing the BoreTide. This town is truly picturesque.

Salmon run up Glacier Creek in summer. As a result, you can see black and brown bears in town fishing and foraging for berries.


Hiking, Ice and Rock Climbing, Glacier Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Helicopter Tours, Mountain Biking, Camping, Gold Panning, Nature Photography, Birding, Berry Picking, Mushroom Foraging, Fishing, Paragliding, Rafting, Wildlife Viewing and Whale Watching are all accessible activities in and near Girdwood.

Is it worth it?

Yes... Trips include top of the line climbing equipment, rock climbing guides, rock climbing instruction, max 5:1 ratio (climber to guide). A snack and water is provided. Guests visiting Tram Rock come away with better respect and knowledge about rock climbing skills, techniques, body awareness and the history of Girdwood, not to mention some great photographs!

If you have questions about the physical requirements of this trip, please read our Essential Eligibility Criteria on our FAQ's page, email or call us and we would be happy to talk with you and determine if this trip matches your abilities.