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Keystone Canyon Rock Climbing 


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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

For the Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing area.

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Keystone Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Keystone Canyon:
Horsetail Falls   WI3     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 260'   
Simple Twist of Fate   WI5-     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
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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Featured Route For Keystone Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on the crux "Killer Pillar" of ...

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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Rock Climbing Photo: Pat taking the whipper like a top rope tough guy o...
Pat taking the whipper like a top rope tough guy o...
Rock Climbing Photo: local resident
local resident
Rock Climbing Photo: Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalvei...
BETA PHOTO: The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalvei...
Rock Climbing Photo: A classic picture of an ice pixies event from 2007
A classic picture of an ice pixies event from 2007

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