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Interior Alaska/Alaska Range Rock Climbing 

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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

71 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',19],['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:
South East Ridge   WI2 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 3600'   Denali National Park : Mt. Francis
West Ridge   AI1-2 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 4000'   Delta Range : White Princess
Japanese Couloir   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Barrill
Messner Couloir   AI2 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 5000'   Denali National Park : Denali
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
The West Rib   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Denali
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 : Denali
The Harvard Route   WI3 M6 C1 Steep Snow     Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 30 pitches, 4000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Huntington
The Lost Marsupial   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : The Throne
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : Middle Troll
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Snow, 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 Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow     Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 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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Rock Climbing Photo: Aden and Paul doing the West Face Couloir, early M...

West Face Couloir WI4+ M4 Steep Snow PG13  AK : Denali National Park : ... : Mt. Huntington
INTRODUCTIONThe easiest way to the summit is a major variation of the Harvard Route. Of course, it is not easy. Early senders of West Face Couloir surely pulled off one of best ice-climbs of their day, sans summit. HISTORYThe scariest part of West Face Couloir is getting to the summit via the Harvard Route. In 1965, the first ascent party lost a member to a mysterious rappel accident while descending the "Mountain of My Fear. Afterward, bad luck seemed to befall others, even a...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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