Girls on Ice Alaska was started in 2012 by Marijke Haberman, Barbara Trüssel-Reyes, and Joanna Young, three graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Inspired by the flagship Girls on Ice Cascades expedition, and with founder Erin Pettit’s guidance, they created a similar experience that is uniquely adapted to the Alaskan setting. Girls on Ice Alaska has operated on Gulkana Glacier every summer since 2012.