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Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing  
Chickaloon Boulders 
Eagle River  
Girdwood - Tram Rock 
Girdwood- Ryan's Rip 
Hatcher Pass 
Long Lake (Revised) 
Portage 
Powerline Boulders 
Ptarmigan Peak 
Purinton Creek 
Ravine Lake Climbing areas 
Service Boulder, Anchorage, AK 
Seward Highway 
Valdez Area Rock 
Wedge, The 
Wookie Wall/Weiner Lake  
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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Middle Fork
A trail down the east side of Powerline Pass; out & back or make a loop with Flattop Flyer. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Powerline Pass Ride
A high-speed mountain pass ride with most of the fun at the end. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
The Hive
Outer singletrack on the north perimeter of Hillside; great views of Anchorage. Near Anchorage, AK
Hillside Park
A great singletrack tour of east Anchorage with plenty of pedaling and descending. Near Anchorage, AK
Bolling Alley
Fun loop on the south side of Kincaid;lots of small rollers and berms. Near Anchorage, AK
Kincaid Park
Fun singletrack tour that links Kincaid's North and South trails Near Anchorage, AK
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Anchorage & South Central Alaska  


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Description 

This area encompasses all of the rock/ice/snow climbing areas in the vicinity of South Central Alaska. The largest city in this region is the Municipality of Anchorage, with approximately 250,000 residents. South Central Alaska includes all areas along the Glenn Highway north/east to Glenallen, along the Seward Highway to Whittier and onto the Parks Highway half way between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Additional Information about Anchorage and South Central Alaska Climbing:


There is a gym in Anchorage, w.alaskarockgym.com and also a small gym in Wasilla. There are two guidebooks for sport/trad climbing by Kelsey Gray and a bouldering guide by Todd Helgeson and David Funatake. Todd's site akclimber.com is a really good resource for bouldering updates and there is a Face Book group for AKclimber as well.
The guidebooks are available at the below links:

akclimber.com/guidebook-orderi... for the bouldering guide

alaskarockclimbing.com/ for the route guidebooks, there are two volumes.

Also, to give an idea of the rock at Hatcher Pass, here is a link to the official Trailer of "Falling Forward", which is a video about alpine bouldering in Alaska and will be premiered and released next spring.

Getting There 

If you don't live in the state of Alaska, the best way to get there is via plane, landing at the Ted Stevens International Airport and renting a car.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.5 miles from here

868 Total Routes

['4 Stars',98],['3 Stars',305],['2 Stars',251],['1 Star',133],['Bomb',54]
['<=5.6',26],['5.7',42],['5.8',71],['5.9',87],['5.10',226],['5.11',133],['5.12',65],['5.13',19],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',32],['V4-5',17],['V6-7',21],['V8-9',17],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Anchorage & South Central Alaska :
Candyland   WI4     Ice, 3 pitches, 275'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Seward Highway
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Snowflake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : SnowBird Slab/Cornerstone
Randys roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Jungle Gym
Orangutan Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Monolith
Toto   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
African Dreams    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Fairangel Gap and Valley : Tin Can Rock
Dino's Stubble Trouble   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Seward Highway : Dino Head
Crisco Kid   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Portage : Byron Glacier Wall
Seismic Wave   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Weiner Lake Routes : Left Cave
Blue Berry Crack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 50'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Green Gully
Dino Who?   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seward Highway : Dino Head
The Brown Spot   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 120'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Green Gully
A Stoner Among Us   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 75'   Weiner Lake Routes : Right Cave
Thief Among Us   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   Eagle River : Dew Mound
Room To Believe    5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Weiner Lake Routes : Right Cave
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Featured Route For Anchorage & South Central Alaska
Shoot'em Up has a bit of everything form overhangi...

Shoot' em Up 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : The Tunnel Wall
This is the fourth route from the right. This long route starts up a huge flake and fights through pumpy, overhanging terrain with great holds. This beginning is the crux, then it cuts left onto the vertical face and up some less sustained moves. The upper third portion of the route is once again a long, continuing fight offering many different styles of climbing. Try and not get spit out of the tricky cave moves near the top. Blank face, overwhelming options with hidden tinny ledges, caves,...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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