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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 and trad climbing and bouldering in Hatcher Pass, to Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, Alaska has something to offer everyone from committing alpine mixed lines to 3000ft granite walls. One thing remains common in all of these areas, the climbing is wild, the approaches are often long and the best climbs are remote, and usually without cell coverage. On top of that, the season for climbing is short, and dedicated Alaskan climbers learn to embrace all disciplines from bouldering, to trad and bouldering to ice and alpine climbing. Even then when maximizing your opportunity  Weather in Alaska can change very quickly and temps can fluctuate 30 to 40 degrees in a day, especially in the mountains. Alaska receives warm weather currents from Japan as well as cold weather currents from the Arctic Circle. When the two collide it tends to get nasty, wet, and cold. 

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Most outsiders will choose to fly to Alaska. If you're coming for the Alaskan experience you'll need to rent a car. If you are climbing exclusively in the Alaska range there are shuttle services to Talkeetna, where most trips will launch. Touch base with your guiding service if you're using one, or touch base with your flight service if you're not and they can probably point you in the right direction. 

One can also drive the Alcan highway, which is an adventure itself, but this isn't an option unless you plan to stay for several months, or you're doing the drive for the drive itself. 

The Alaska Marine Highway system is also another option for the adventurous, but even more so than the Alcan, this is an adventure itself and it can be cost prohibitive, especially if you want to bring your car. 

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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
 52
Ripple
Ice
Mod. Snow
 109
West Buttress
Snow, Alpine
AI3 Steep Snow
 21
The West Rib
Ice, Snow, Alpine
WI4 M4 Steep Snow
 48
Ham & Eggs
Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 10 pitches
WI4 R
 24
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
 32
Keystone Greensteps
Ice 4 pitches
WI5
 30
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI3
 42
Kid's Corner
Ice 3 pitches
WI3 M6 C1 Steep Snow
 16
The Harvard Route
Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 30 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4
 29
Cassin Ridge
Ice, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow
 25
South West Ridge
Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Physical Attraction
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 67
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 15
Tunnel Vision
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
The Shaft
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Anchorage & S C… > Anchorage & S C… > Eklutna Canyon
 52
WI3 Ice
West Buttress Interior Alaska… > Denali NP > Denali
 109
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
The West Rib Interior Alaska… > Denali NP > Denali
 21
AI3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Ham & Eggs Interior Alaska… > … > Ruth Gorge > Moose's Tooth
 48
WI4 M4 Steep Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 10 pitches
Hung Jury Anchorage & S C… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 24
WI4 R Trad, Ice
Keystone Greensteps Anchorage & S C… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 32
WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S C… > … > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 30
WI5 Ice 5 pitches
Kid's Corner Anchorage & S C… > Anchorage & S C… > Caribou Creek
 42
WI3 Ice 3 pitches
The Harvard Route Interior Alaska… > … > Ruth Gorge > Mt Huntington
 16
WI3 M6 C1 Steep Snow Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine 30 pitches
Cassin Ridge Interior Alaska… > Denali NP > Denali
 29
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4 Ice, Alpine
South West Ridge Interior Alaska… > Denali NP > Peak 11,300
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine
Physical Attraction Anchorage & S C… > … > Archangel Valle… > Zulu Wall
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Toto Anchorage & S C… > … > Archangel Valle… > Diamond
 67
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Tunnel Vision Anchorage & S C… > … > Fairangel Gap &… > Tunnel Vision Wall
 15
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Shaft Anchorage & S C… > … > Weiner Lake Routes > Right Cave
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
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