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Areas in Alaska

Anchorage & South Central Alaska 572 / 544 / 68 / 116 / 187 / 8 / 41 / 301 / 1288
Fairbanks and Vicinity 36 / 44 / 68 / 16 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 130
Interior Alaska/Alaska Range 50 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 20 / 10 / 14 / 78 / 78
Kenai Peninsula 4 / 8 / 9 / 73 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 87
Northern Alaska/Brooks Range 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 1
Seward Peninsula 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Southeastern Alaska/Coastal Range 33 / 15 / 12 / 4 / 5 / 2 / 1 / 14 / 57
Wrangell St. Elias NP 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 8
Elevation: 75 ft
GPS: 64.737, -150.732 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: R Squared on Jan 16, 2007
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

Description

One word describes Alaska and that is "BIG!" This not only describes the state but the climbs that are in it. From the single pitch climbs along the Seward Highway to Denali the tallest mountain in North America, Alaska has something to offer everyone. Weather in Alaska can change very quickly. Alaska receives warm weather currents from Japan as well as cold weather currents from the Artic Circle. When the two collide it tends to get nasty!

Getting There

You can get to Alaska by plane, boat or automobile. Alaskans are very friendly and will give you directions if you get lost or confused.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alaska

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3
Ripple
Ice
Mod. Snow
West Buttress
Snow, Alpine
The West Rib
Alpine
WI4 M4
Ham & Eggs
Mixed, Ice, Alpine 10 pitches
WI4 R
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
Green Steps
Ice 4 pitches
WI5
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI3 M6 C1
The Harvard Route
Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine 30 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4
Cassin Ridge
Ice, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4
South West Ridge
Trad, Mixed, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Solva Buttress
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2
The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin)
Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Tunnel Vision
Trad
Ripple Anchorage & S Cen… > Anchorage & S Cen… > Eklutna Canyon WI3 Ice
West Buttress Interior Alaska/A… > Denali NP > Denali Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
The West Rib Interior Alaska/A… > Denali NP > Denali Alpine
Ham & Eggs Interior Alaska/A… > … > Ruth Gorge > Moose's Tooth WI4 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine 10 pitches
Hung Jury Anchorage & S Cen… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI4 R Trad, Ice
Green Steps Anchorage & S Cen… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S Cen… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI5 Ice 5 pitches
The Harvard Route Interior Alaska/A… > … > Ruth Gorge > Mt. Huntington WI3 M6 C1 Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine 30 pitches
Sunshine Ridge Anchorage & S Cen… > Seward Highway > Sunshine Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Cassin Ridge Interior Alaska/A… > Denali NP > Denali 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4 Ice, Alpine
South West Ridge Interior Alaska/A… > Denali NP > Peak 11,300 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4 Trad, Mixed, Alpine
Solva Buttress Southeastern Alas… > Juneau > Mendenhall Towers 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
The Moonflower Buttress (Bi… Interior Alaska/A… > Denali NP > Mt Hunter 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine
Toto Anchorage & S Cen… > … > Archangel Valley… > Diamond 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Tunnel Vision Anchorage & S Cen… > … 1 > Fairangel Gap and… > Tunnel Vision Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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Nick Weicht
Valdez, AK
Nick Weicht   Valdez, AK
If your in Alaska during the winter and want to get your vertical fix don't forget to check out the Valdez Ice Fest. There is also the Matanuska Ice Fest in the fall for anyone wanting to climb on a glacier with a fun crew of good folks.


youtube.com/watch?v=b3fgx_1… Dec 18, 2016
Looking for a climbing partner for the West Buttress may/June 2017. Dates aren't set in stone yet, but planning on flying into anchorage around mid May. Anyone interested email ptcreptiles@aol.com. Aug 9, 2016
youtube.com/watch?v=yhBg_Uf…

Extreme endurance athlete & motivational speaker, Bill Bradley says, "Listen to the story of how I attempted to climb Mt. Denali for the second time and failed to make it to the summit.  Failing to accomplish something you've worked extremely hard for can be devastating, but I want to share with you the lessons I learned in my experience." Jun 8, 2016
Kurt Ross
Boulder, colorado
Kurt Ross   Boulder, colorado
A thrown together video about a little climbing in Southeast AK:


youtube.com/watch?v=K7IrH6e… Oct 3, 2013
Brian Prince
morro bay, ca
Brian Prince   morro bay, ca
some good recourses

Database for rock routes and scrambles in Alaska as well as the Alaska Mountain Forum. One can also find out how to purchase the Alaska Rock Climbing Guide by Kelsey Gray here -- alaskamountainforum.com/wik…

Bouldering in Alaska -- akbouldering.com/

Huge and very good ice climbing database as well as a forum -- alaskaiceclimbing.com/ Oct 24, 2010
Josh Hibbard
Los Angeles Area, CA
Josh Hibbard   Los Angeles Area, CA
In addition to the above information on Alaska:
-You can also get there by boat. The Alaska Marine Highway leaves Seattle area (Bellingham) for most of the Southeast Alaska towns and up towards Anchorage. You can get a stateroom or pitch your tent on the solarium.
- Alaskans are very friendly and will give directions, as indicated in the above description. However, don't expect street names or street numbers. Be prepared for directions such as, "follow this here dirt road for about 5 minutes. Take a hard right after the large spruce tree. In about 4 minutes you will see a large black rock. Turn left here and heep going until..."
-Tourism is one of the main industries in Alaska. If you are looking for a true Alaskan experience, don't get caught up in the tourist traps. Where there are cruise ships, there are tourist traps. Mar 26, 2007

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