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Portage Rock Climbing 

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Portage River is about a forty five minute to hour long drive from Anchorage. It is right past Girdwood. Portage often has warmer temps than other ice climbing areas, so conditions here might not always be the best. The climbs range from single pitch to multipitch climbs. Climbs up to WI6 and mixed conditions.

Getting There 

Drive South on the Seward Highway past Girdwood, you will see signs on the road talking about the Portage Glacier. Turn there. The climbs will be on the left and primarly the right side of the road. Ski or hike to all of the climbs. Beware of avalanche conditions.

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Portage

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Portage:
Five Fingers   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches   
Luckyman   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   
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Featured Route For Portage
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Byron. The west ridge is the right skyline.

Mt. Byron, West Ridge Steep Snow X  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : Portage
Mt. Byron is one of the most beautiful roadside peaks in Alaska. The crux is hitting the weather and route conditions just right. Portage valley is one of the wettest, snowiest places in the world. Park at the Byron Glacier TH. Mt. Byron is the prominent peak at the head of the valley. Take care on the approach, this area is a huge terrain trap for avi's. If you survive the terrain trap, gain a small hanging glacier on the west side of the valley and then boot pack/scramble up to the col of the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Steve Garvey working his way through The Hanging F...
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Tom Evans in The Hanging Forest when it use to sno...

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