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Description 

One word describes Alaska and that is "BIG!" This not only describes the state but the climbs that are in it. From the single pitch climbs along the Seward Highway to Denali the tallest mountain in North America, Alaska has something to offer everyone. Weather in Alaska can change very quickly. Alaska receives warm weather currents from Japan as well as cold weather currents from the Artic Circle. When the two collide it tends to get nasty!


Getting There 

You can get to Alaska by plane, train or automobile. Alaskans are very friendly and will give you directions if you get lost or confused.


632 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alaska:
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Luckyman   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Portage
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
Ham & Eggs   WI4 M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
West Buttress   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
The West Rib   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
Smoke em' if you got em'   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Steep Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 1300'   Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : Mt. Harding
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Toto   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
Physical Attraction   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Zulu Wall
Snowflake   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : SnowBird Slab/Cornerstone
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 4100'   Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
African Dreams    5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Fairangel Gap and Valley : Bill's Wall
Goldfinger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 2000'   Ruth Gorge : The Stump
Blue Berry Crack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 50'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Green Gully
The Brown Spot   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 120'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Green Gully
Thief Among Us   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport   Anchorage & South Central A... : The Dew Mound
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Featured Route For Alaska
Climbing Trustafarian, 12a.

Trustafarian (Rasta With a Trust Fund) 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Republic of Boulder
This is a great, long and pumpy climb on the left side of the cliff. Start on lose steep ground to gain amazing, bullet proof rock. Continue through a roof 40' up, and work a crux ledge above this. Finish this pumpy, sustained climb up steep, sloping holds up to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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This Peak is called the "Island".  Deep in the Chugach range.  I didn't climb it but I did ski down the shadowed wall to the left of the prominent spine.  45-50 degrees for 3000 vertical!
This Peak is called the "Island". Deep in the Chu...
I forget where this was...  Alaska, May 07.
I forget where this was... Alaska, May 07.
Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fairweather Mountain Range
Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fa...
This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot Tubs & Beers".  It goes down the shadowed ramp down and left from the peak in the center of the photo.  45 degrees for 2500 vertical.
This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot Tubs ...
Fall in the Alaska Range
Fall in the Alaska Range
Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
One of many lighthouses throughout the inside passage of southeast Alaska. <br />Photo by Josh Hibbard
One of many lighthouses throughout the inside pass...
Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
Try Alaskan White Ale.
Try Alaskan White Ale.
Alaska, May 07.
Alaska, May 07.
Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Sunset from coastal trail.
Sunset from coastal trail.
Skiing big big big lines.
Skiing big big big lines.
Glacier Bay NP, Alaska.  May 07.
Glacier Bay NP, Alaska. May 07.
The clouds blow in unexpectedly on a summit attempt of a peak in Southeast Alaska.
The clouds blow in unexpectedly on a summit attemp...
Alaskan Pale.
Alaskan Pale.
Pretty amazing, Alaska, May 07.
Pretty amazing, Alaska, May 07.
Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach. <br />Photo by Josh.
A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach.
Ph...
Denali National Park; Denali massif obscured by its' own weather system
Denali National Park; Denali massif obsc...
The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska.  <br />Photo By Josh Hibbard
The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska.
Photo ...
Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North Fork of the Chena River, Fairbanks Environs; 11:30 PM~
Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North For...
Alaskan ESB.
Alaskan ESB.
Alaska, May 07.
Alaska, May 07.
Dewey Peak near Skagway
Dewey Peak near Skagway
The bolted Arete @ Black Lake Wall, near Skagway, from the road.  The Skagway granite was the best cragging we found on our drive.  Also checked out Grapefruit Rocks and Angel Rocks near Fairbanks and the Chugach crud, just out of Anchorage.  Skagway had more rain, but by far the best climbing.
The bolted Arete @ Black Lake Wall, near Skagway, ...
Full value AK style. Only 20 more miles to the McCarthy Bar.
Full value AK style. Only 20 more miles to the McC...
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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 26, 2007

In addition to the above information on Alaska:
-You can also get there by boat. The Alaska Marine Highway leaves Seattle area (Bellingham) for most of the Southeast Alaska towns and up towards Anchorage. You can get a stateroom or pitch your tent on the solarium.
- Alaskans are very friendly and will give directions, as indicated in the above description. However, don't expect street names or street numbers. Be prepared for directions such as, "follow this here dirt road for about 5 minutes. Take a hard right after the large spruce tree. In about 4 minutes you will see a large black rock. Turn left here and heep going until..."
-Tourism is one of the main industries in Alaska. If you are looking for a true Alaskan experience, don't get caught up in the tourist traps. Where there are cruise ships, there are tourist traps.

By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Oct 24, 2010

some good recourses

Database for rock routes and scrambles in Alaska as well as the Alaska Mountain Forum. One can also find out how to purchase the Alaska Rock Climbing Guide by Kelsey Gray here -- www.alaskamountainforum.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Bouldering in Alaska -- www.akbouldering.com/

Huge and very good ice climbing database as well as a forum -- www.alaskaiceclimbing.com/

By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Oct 3, 2013

A thrown together video about a little climbing in Southeast AK: