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Thompson Pass Rock Climbing 


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

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

11 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Thompson Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: Red-West Ridge Purple- South West Ridge

West Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b AI2-3  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Cracked Ice
An excellent alpine climb with great position and sections of splitter choss . From the parking area at 33 mile on the Richardson HWY locate the summer trail 100 meters north of the waterfall. Travel time to brush line is about 1 hour and allow another 1-2 hours to reach the base of the West Ridge. Once in the alpine meander up rolling tundra meadows aiming for the large glacial valley between Cracked Ice and Python. There is really nice camping along the way.At 4,500ft you arrive at the Ice Ton...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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

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