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This has got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, during any season. This area is covered in glaciers and an alpine/tundra landscape.

Some of the best skiing and boarding can be found in this part of the Chugach Mountain Range. Some climbing can also be found here as well. The crags are mostly small with a limit of 3-10 routes per cliff.

The climbing is generelly sport climbing, but some traditional lines do exist. The rock is extremely poor in most places, but the developed crags have fairly solid rock.

Don't let the rock quality throw you off. If you're in Valdez in the summer and its not raining, these cliffs can provide lots of fun, and you'll likely be the only one there.

Getting There 

Drive 23 miles north out of Valdez or drive towards Valdez from the north and once you see Mt. Billy Mitcell on your left you'll be in the north-eastern section of the pass.

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing area.

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

8 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Thompson Pass
Cracked Ice from the HWY.

Cracked Ice AI1-2 Mod. Snow  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Cracked Ice
During the months of March and April this route is called "Tracked Ice" due to the amount of heli ski traffic that it sees. This is also an excellent route to do in the summer. From the service road follow the creek bed up and gain the brushy shoulder on the east side of the creek and follow this up into the alpine, about 1.5 hrs to the alpine from the road. Cruise towards the snow/rock dome nunatak in front of Cracked Ice. You can go east or west around the nunatak. Traversing west brings you t...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

Photos of Thompson Pass Slideshow Add Photo
Endless Powder.
Endless Powder.
Dilly enjoying the sun.
Dilly enjoying the sun.
Thompson Pass w/ a guest appearance by Worthington...
Thompson Pass w/ a guest appearance by Worthington...
Tsaina River Gorge solo climb out
Tsaina River Gorge solo climb out
This is what wet dreams on Thompson Pass are made ...
This is what wet dreams on Thompson Pass are made ...

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