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Keystone Canyon  


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Submitted By: Greg Sievers on Mar 27, 2011
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Description 

between 12 and 20 east of Valdez, Alaska is the Keystone Canyon. also known as Mecca to ice climbers.
while skiing seems to be the major winter draw to this area, the big multi-pitch ice routes have been drawing customers since the mid-70's. Ice climbing festivals started here in 1983 and much of the activity was fueled by the late Andy Embeck.

Getting There 

fly to Anchorage. catch a RT 45 minute flight with ERA for about $250 or do the 5-6 hour drive from Anchorage. hundreds of ice routes abound; some to the west in Mineral Canyon are walking distance from downtown.

Climbing Season



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17 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Keystone Canyon:
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Simple Twist of Fate   WI5-     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For Keystone Canyon
Horsetail in wet conditions.

Horsetail Falls WI3  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Keystone Canyon
This amazing roadside attraction was the first peace of ice to be climbed in Valdez back in December of 1975. This is a contently flowing fetcher that forms during cold spells, crumbles during a warm streak and then will freeze again and again over the course of a normal year. Your route will often be determined by avoiding open water. This can often make for an exciting experience yet worth while. When formed this is a must climb classic that will leave you hungry for more.P1. Horsetail F...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
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