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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.


8 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:
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   
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Climbers on the crux "Killer Pillar" of Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Falls WI5  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Keystone Canyon
A classic long ice line with many steep pillars separated by easier low-angle snow ramps. Traditionally done in 5 pitches, but can be done in 4 with 70M ropes.P1 - WI3-3+, up to a bolted belay/rap station in a cave on the left side of the flow.P2 - WI4, traverse out right from the cave and up two steep sections of ice separated by a small ramp. Another easy ramp leads up and left to another cave belay from screws.P3 - WI5, "The Killer Pillar." Traverse out right from the cave and up a sustained ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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