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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.

158 Total Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Interior Alaska/Alaska Range:
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
Japanese Couloir   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Mt. Barrill
The West Rib   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
West Buttress   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
Ham & Eggs   WI4 M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
Easy Reach   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 30'   Fairbanks Environs: Granite... : Near Tors: Lizard's Eye
When Free Climbers Wore Hammers   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   Fairbanks Environs: Angel C... : Main Rock
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : Middle Troll
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 4100'   Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
The Lost Marsupial   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1300'   Little Switzerland : The Throne
Sandbag   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Fairbanks Environs: East Gr... : Twin Towers
Daisy Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Fairbanks Environs: Granite... : Near Tors: Rock 1
Crackbaby   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Fairbanks Environs: East Gr... : Crackland
Teenage Wasteland   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Trad, TR, Alpine, 40'   Fairbanks Environs: Angel C... : Teenage Area
Bring Your Dancing Shoes   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   Fairbanks Environs: East Gr... : Crackland
There's Got To Be A Way   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 45'   Fairbanks Environs: East Gr... : Twin Towers
Goldfinger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 2000'   Ruth Gorge : The Stump
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Upper South Buttress showing from about 16,000 feet el to 18,900 feet. Alternative couloir to the original route is located in lower left of photo in the sun/shade line

South Buttress_Wyoming Rib Variation AI3-4 M3 Steep Snow PG13  AK : Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
The Wyoming Rib Variation is the convex snowy ridge south of the Japanese Ramp which starts around 13,000 feet elevation on the East Fork-Kahilta Glacier. Route finding is involved in the lower section and likely varies from season to season. The FA crux was a 1/2 pitch of 70 degree snow / ice mix. The Rib tops out on the main South Buttress Ridge at about 15,500 then traverses that for about 1 mile and over a high point at 15,885 el. to join the top of the Japanese Ramp.1-2 days of recon on the...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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