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Interior Alaska/Alaska Range Rock Climbing 

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Mnt. Barrill from the southeast.


The Interior is inclusive of most of the main land-locked regions of the state, not bordered by coasts. The largest city in the Interior is Fairbanks, which is about 8 hours by car, north of Anchorage. This huge expanse of land includes the Alaska Range, which is where the highest peak in North America is located, Mt.Mckinley/Denali.

Getting There 

Depending on what part of the interior you are travelling to, it might be ideal to land in Fairbanks, or Anchorage International Airport and then bush plane or car.

Climbing Season

Weather station 83.0 miles from here

74 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Interior Alaska/Alaska Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Interior Alaska/Alaska Range:
Japanese Couloir        Alpine, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Barrill
West Face Couloir   WI4+ M4 PG13     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 20 pitches, 4000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Huntington
West Ridge   AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 4000'   Delta Range : White Princess
South East Ridge   WI2     Ice, Alpine, 3600'   Denali National Park : Mt. Francis
Messner Couloir   AI2     Ice, Alpine, 5000'   Denali National Park : Denali
West Buttress        Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Denali
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
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
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4     Mixed, Alpine, 4100'   Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
Southwest Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 3600'   Denali National Park : Mt. Francis
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : Middle Troll
The Lost Marsupial   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : The Throne
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Denali
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
Goldfinger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 2000'   Ruth Gorge : The Stump
West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   Little Switzerland : The Plunger
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Featured Route For Interior Alaska/Alaska Range
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard Shore on P2 of the West Face of The Plunge...

West Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  AK : Denali National Park : ... : The Plunger
A short two-pitch route up the awesome Plunger pinnacle. The first ascent party severely overrated the crux pitch at 5.12a/b. From my experience (based on Indian Creek and Yosemite-style splitter cracks), this is no harder than about 5.11b.Climb moderate snow and cross a bergschrund to access the base of the rock. Many possible starts are available, I will describe the obvious one we took.P1) 5.6-5.7, ~80'. Up a low-angle left-facing dihedral to a belay in a notch from boulders with fixed rappel...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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