Although summer temperatures in Alaska are warm, it is still very, very cold on the the glaciers.
Packing for a leisurely summer Alaskan Cruise is different than packing for an adventure like glacier trekking and glacier climbing!
For ice climbing and ice hiking, you will need professional gear and equipment.
To get to the Mendenhall Glacier, you need to take a helicopter over the Tongass National Forest.
Here is the gear & equipment for glacier climbing you will need to pack into your suitcases.
Some gear and equipment you may be able to rent from the tour company, so be sure to check ahead of time to save you from heavy-duty packing – and heavy-duty expenses of buying gear & equipment!
Make sure you have a pair of thick and warm boots. Warm snow boots are the basic gear equipment for glacier climbing.
Even in summer, the temperature of the icefield is very low, so the usual fashion boots can’t keep your feet warm.
You need a pair of warm boots that will protect your feet from freezing; otherwise, the temperature can make your feet impossible to move.