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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

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Thompson Pass
Green- winter ascent route Red-pipeline road

Girls Glacier 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Mod. Snow  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Girls Mt.
Park at mile marker 29 and most likely you will be able to follow a skin track or snow machine track up onto the Girls Glacier. The one big draw back to this area is that it sees a lot of snowmachine traffic(tar-heads) and this can pose a danger as both skinners/climbers and tar-heads use the same avi prone area to access the glacier at 4500ft. On the way down there is ample room to find fresh tracks.The majority of the route meanders through 30-35 deg terrain, the summit pyramid pushes 45 deg....[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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