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Little Switzerland  


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Overlooking the Pika Basecamp from the Lost Marsup...

Register with the NP Mountaineering Headquarters in Talkeetna, AK before climbing in the park!

Description 

Beautiful alpine rock climbing area on the Pika Glacier in Denali NP. Stellar granite in a true alpine environment offer great climbing at a variety of difficulties.

Getting There 

Air Taxi from Talkeetna. Approaches are short from Pika basecamp. A hike/float out is very possible for packrafters and a classic Alaskan adventure. In short - Pika glacier to Exit Pass to the Granite Glacier to Wildhorse Pass to the Tokositna River and float to Talkeetna (2 long or 3 average days)

Climbing Season



Weather station 50.6 miles from here

37 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',4],['5.8',9],['5.9',5],['5.10',14],['5.11',3],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Switzerland:
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1300'   Middle Troll
The Lost Marsupial   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1300'   The Throne
West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   The Plunger
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Featured Route For Little Switzerland
Richard Shore on P2 of the West Face of The Plunge...

West Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  AK : Denali National Park : ... : The Plunger
A short two-pitch route up the awesome Plunger pinnacle. The first ascent party severely overrated the crux pitch at 5.12a/b. From my experience (based on Indian Creek and Yosemite-style splitter cracks), this is no harder than about 5.11b.Climb moderate snow and cross a bergschrund to access the base of the rock. Many possible starts are available, I will describe the obvious one we took.P1) 5.6-5.7, ~80'. Up a low-angle left-facing dihedral to a belay in a notch from boulders with fixed rappel...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

Photos of Little Switzerland Slideshow Add Photo
Skiing back down to camp after a little stroll up ...
Skiing back down to camp after a little stroll up ...
The Royal Tower from the Lost Marsupial
The Royal Tower from the Lost Marsupial
Camp on the Pika with a sunny Foraker in the dista...
Camp on the Pika with a sunny Foraker in the dista...
Looking at the Dragon Spine from low on the Pika G...
Looking at the Dragon Spine from low on the Pika G...
Glacier camp life
Glacier camp life

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