Bear Mountain is easily identified from it's west face. It is a sheer wall of vertical rock and ice raging with avalanches of wet slushy Southeast Alaskan snow in the winter and spring. It's classic cone shape (as you can see it from Silver Bay) is heavily windswept and large cornices loom over it's western face. Stretching from the Fjords to 3,747 feet, it may seem small, but it possesses great potential for technical alpine routes.
Head south of town on Sawmill Creek Road to the parking lot at Herring Bay.
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Bear Mountain Falls WI3+ Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 300 feet
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Bear Mountain Falls WI3+ AK : Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : ... : Bear Mountain
In terms of literal falling pitches, there are four, but you can easily combine the first two and complete the climb in three. Although not very high up the mountain side, the ice tends to form in several drips leaving tons of air space making it difficult to protect and giving it an alpine feel. Some of the ice covers a thick layer of slush so don't go hog wild hacking your way up the ice or you might find yourself hanging on the slick rock face where there was once a nice coat of ice. Unless t...[more] Browse More Classics in AK