Haines Rock Climbing Adventure

Join Professional Alaska Mountain Guides for an exciting climbing adventure on the rocky crags of the Chilkat Valley in Haines, Alaska. There are great climbs for all abilities and no experience is necessary. Enjoy a fun climbing adventure and incredible views of the Chilkat Valley.

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Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 3.75 Hours
Activity Level: Strenuous
Min. Age: 6 years
Min. Weight: 50 lbs. Max. Weight: 300 lbs. or 52" waist size
Food: Trail mix snack, water and hot chocolate
Provided Equipment: Climbing shoes, helmet, harness
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

This tour begins with a short interpretative drive through the town and along the Chilkat River Valley. From the Highway we hike uphill for about 15 minutes to the base of majestic rock cliffs overlooking the scenic Chilkat Valley and surrounding peaks. Here we will don rock climbing shoes, helmets and harnesses. After a safety briefing and climbing introduction from the guides we will rope up and start climbing.

There are a series of rock routes to choose from. Some climbs are very easy and others offer more challenge. Each ends with a stunning aerial view of the Chilkat River and the surrounding wilderness. Participants will have the chance to climb 3-4 different routes. Professional mountain guides will share their knowledge and skill in all aspects of climbing. Many of them have guided on peak ascents in Alaska and around the world and enjoy sharing their stories of adventures in the mountains. Your safety and enjoyment are always their primary concern.

This adventure is perfect for those looking for their first climbing experience, or for experienced climbers looking for a challenge. No climbing is required and everyone will enjoy the cliff-side snack, hot cocoa, and stunning views. It is a strenuous tour, and participants need to be able to hike for 15 minutes uphill and over uneven terrain, and should dress in warm clothing that allows for good flexibility. Tour operates rain or shine.

(~10 minutes) – Your friendly guide will meet you on the Haines pier by the harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion.
(~20 minutes) – We’ll depart from our meeting point by van for an scenic drive up the Haines Highway our way to our private rock climbing site on the Chilkat Valley.
(~20 minutes) – Parking alongside the Chilkat River, an uphill walk along our forest nature trail will bring us to our staging area at the base of the crag.
(~20 minutes) – Your expert guides will get you outfitted with state of the art climbing equipment including a helmet, harness and climbing shoes. Next, you’ll receive a thorough orientation and safety briefing for your upcoming climbing experience.
(~ 120 minutes) – You will spend the next two hours climbing on our over one dozen climbing routes. Each climber will have the opportunity to try out 3-4 different climbs.
(~ 25 minutes) – Our adventure wraps up and we'll descend back down the trail.
(~20 minutes) – Board the van for a scenic drive back to the town of Haines.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
One of our professional naturalist guides will host the tour and narrate the drive from the port in Haines to the village of Klukwan. Once in Klukwan, local villagers with expert personal knowledge of their native culture will share their history and traditions with you.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on-site at Klukwan.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge

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*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.