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“Cheap Shuttle to Exit Glacier”

Exit Glacier Guides - Day Tours
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Owner description: We're excited that 2016 marks our 12th year guiding adventurous travelers onto Exit Glacier and into other amazing locales around Seward. Our company created guided glacier trips in Seward, and we've spent a decade honing our focus on safety and creating amazing client experiences. Our biggest asset is our amazing staff. We are a seasonal business that has been fortunate enough to have our experienced staff come back year after year, which is very rare for our industry. Hope to see you in Seward!
Reviewed 6 October 2008

If you are in Seward without a vehicle, Exit Glacier guides is a great way to cheaply get to and from the Exit glacier. They offer a $10 shuttle (you really don't need a $50 tour) which covers the round trip journey. Once you get there, you can explore on your own. Note -- in the busy season, you need to reserve your spot for the return trip (which hourly shuttle you'll be on). We had 3 hours, and it was plenty for the 2 trails we wanted to do.

The outwash plain trail is easy and most people can do this one. If you want to get up close and personal with the glacier -- your feet will get wet crossing the streams of the outwash plain. Plan accordingly.

The overlook trail is a little tougher --- uphill and about 1.25 miles (or so) but well worth it in terms of views.

Down around the visitor center, we encountered the only mosquitos we found on the trip --- and there were lots of them!

5  Thank KimKDallas
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

Had 3 days in Seward so decided to do an overnight kayak with Kayak Adventures WW and a one-day hike with Exit Glacier Guides. Turned out to be an excellent choice. I've attached some pics, but I've come to the conclusion that Alaska is so strikingly beautiful that it's impossible to really capture (at least by an amatuer :-)).

We had originally wanted to do the Ice Hike, but they don't do that one until July - which we understood once we got on the glacier. Apparently, they need a fair amount of the top snow to melt to expose the crevasses.

The trip begins with fitting for crampons and packing them and supplies into a pack. EGG provides snacks (gorp, bars), the crampons, hiking poles and a day-pack with built in water supply. This is followed by a 20-minute or so vanpool from the shop which is located directly across the street from the train terminus. Once at Exit Glacier, we put on the packs and began the hike to the glacier.

I didn't pay strict attention to the istance from the parking lot to the glacier, but I estimate it's 1/2 mile or so. You'll want to bring shoes you don't care about getting wet as there are many streams created by the glacial runoff that you need to walk across. Mostly, there are spots to cross that minimize the risk of getting wet, but I'd be prepared.

About 1/2 mile in, we left the trail, hiked around some rocks then climed up to the begin point for the glacier walk. Above the glacier, you put on the crampons then lower yourself by fixed rope line onto the glacier. Ryan, our guide, spent some time (20 minutes?) demonstrating how to walk with crampons on different angles, elevations, etc. After the trining we started hiking up the glacier.

On other tours, we helicoptered over glaciers and parked sea-kayaks in front of them watching them calve. This trip gave us a 3rd perspective as we hiked up a ways - Ryan says a mile or so, though it didn't feel that far at all. Maybe we were too caught up in the beauty of the glacier and surroundings to notice the distance. At some point there was snow horizontally across the glacier face and we couldn't continue for safety reasons (you never know how deep snow is on a glacier given that it may be covering a crevasse). At that point we rested for a while and had our snacks with incredible views of the glacier below us and the valley beyond. Once finished, we turned around and hiked back with spectacular views all the way.

Ryan was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He really provided excellent guide service. I would highly recommend this trip.

2  Thank DCKaty
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