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Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass 

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Elevation: 2,300'
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Submitted By: vdzsteaz on Apr 15, 2011
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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.

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Thompson Pass w/ a guest appearance by Worthington Glacier
Thompson Pass w/ a guest appearance by Worthington...
Dilly enjoying the sun.
Dilly enjoying the sun.
Tsaina River Gorge solo climb out
Tsaina River Gorge solo climb out
Endless Powder.
Endless Powder.
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