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Interior Alaska/Alaska Range Rock Climbing 


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The Spiral, with the Bastion above and left.

Description 

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

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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     Ice, Alpine, 3600'   Denali National Park : Mt. Francis
West Ridge   AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 4000'   Delta Range : White Princess
Japanese Couloir        Alpine, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Barrill
Messner Couloir   AI2     Ice, Alpine, 5000'   Denali National Park : Denali
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
West Buttress        Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Denali
Ham & Eggs   WI4 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
The West Rib        Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Denali
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
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Denali
The Lost Marsupial   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : The Throne
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 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: Messner to the left and the Orient Express and Upp...

Messner Couloir AI2  AK : Denali National Park : Denali
This enjoyable independent line makes a great alternative to the crowded West Buttress. Some consider this a variant to the West Butt, however, this line requires much more commitment. Trudge on up to camp 14-opolous and acclimate for a few days. The route climbs from 14K camp direct to the "football field" at 19K. The obvious hourglass shaped couloir is the route. I began by climbing toward the so called "West Rib Cutoff." This is the easy snow slope leading to the West Rib from 14K camp....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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