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Alaska Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 75'
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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, boat or automobile. Alaskans are very friendly and will give you directions if you get lost or confused.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 93.3 miles from here

1,388 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',177],['3 Stars',526],['2 Stars',389],['1 Star',205],['Bomb',57]
['<=5.6',64],['5.7',80],['5.8',136],['5.9',155],['5.10',331],['5.11',191],['5.12',79],['5.13',25],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',60],['V4-5',35],['V6-7',30],['V8-9',27],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',4],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Alaska

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alaska:
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
West Face Couloir   WI4+ M4 PG13     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 20 pitches, 4000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Huntington
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
The West Rib        Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Denali
Ski Tracks   WI4 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 2000'   Anchorage & South Central A... : Ptarmigan Peak
West Buttress        Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Denali
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Ham & Eggs   WI4 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
The Harvard Route   WI3 M6 C1     Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 30 pitches, 4000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Huntington
Smoke em' if you got em'   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 1300'   Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : Mt. Harding
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Solva Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Juneau : Mendenhall Towers
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4     Mixed, Alpine, 4100'   Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Denali
The Apology Foot Rub   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 115'   The Crack Garden : The Crack Garden
The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2     Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 6000'   Denali National Park : Mt Hunter
Toto   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
Escape From the lemming Ranch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : Inferno wall
Goldfinger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 2000'   Ruth Gorge : The Stump
Thief Among Us   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   Dew Mound : Arrowhead Wall
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Featured Route For Alaska
Rock Climbing Photo: Jess wearing five layers (including two puffies) t...

Nineveh 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : The Wedge
Excellent 5.11- face climbing through relatively clean and solid, bolt-protected Chugach rock to a small ledge. Trad finish up a short, vertical 5.10- hand crack.Start from a nice belay ledge into an open corner for the first bolt then out onto the face and directly up for five more bolts to the small ledge below the short hand crack finish.Top out the hand crack to another small ledge with a 2 bolt anchor on the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

Photos of Alaska Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This Peak is called the "Island".  Deep ...
This Peak is called the "Island". Deep ...
Rock Climbing Photo: I forget where this was...  Alaska, May 07.
I forget where this was... Alaska, May 07.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fa...
Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall in the Alaska Range
Fall in the Alaska Range
Rock Climbing Photo: This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot ...
This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
Rock Climbing Photo: One of many lighthouses throughout the inside pass...
One of many lighthouses throughout the inside pass...
Rock Climbing Photo: Skiing big big big lines.
Skiing big big big lines.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from coastal trail.
Sunset from coastal trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Rock Climbing Photo: Glacier Bay NP, Alaska.  May 07.
Glacier Bay NP, Alaska. May 07.
Rock Climbing Photo: Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North For...
Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North For...
Rock Climbing Photo: A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach. Ph...
A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach. Ph...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
Rock Climbing Photo: Alaska, May 07.
Alaska, May 07.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Alaskan White Ale.
Try Alaskan White Ale.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska.  Photo ...
The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska. Photo ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Denali National Park; Denali massif obscured by it...
Denali National Park; Denali massif obscured by it...
Rock Climbing Photo: Alaskan ESB.
Alaskan ESB.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alaskan Pale.
Alaskan Pale.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dewey Peak near Skagway
Dewey Peak near Skagway

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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 -- alaskamountainforum.com/wiki/i...

Bouldering in Alaska -- akbouldering.com/

Huge and very good ice climbing database as well as a forum -- alaskaiceclimbing.com/
By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Oct 3, 2013
A thrown together video about a little climbing in Southeast AK:


By Bill Bradley
Jun 8, 2016


Extreme endurance athlete & motivational speaker, Bill Bradley says, "Listen to the story of how I attempted to climb Mt. Denali for the second time and failed to make it to the summit.  Failing to accomplish something you've worked extremely hard for can be devastating, but I want to share with you the lessons I learned in my experience."
By Tom Campbell
Aug 9, 2016
Looking for a climbing partner for the West Buttress may/June 2017. Dates aren't set in stone yet, but planning on flying into anchorage around mid May. Anyone interested email ptcreptiles@aol.com.

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