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Crackland

Alaska > Fairbanks & Vic… > Grapefruit Rocks > E Grapefruit Rocks

Description

Excellent isolated setting that has superb views and some worthy climbs. On the south-eastern aspect of the East Grapefruits Dome, and situated high above the North fork of Globe Creek, Crackland constitutes one in a set of backside area crags that are extensions of the same limestone band that overlooks the area. Quality rock exists and the routes should clean up with some traffic.

Getting There

Travel North from Fairbanks on the Elliot Highway. You will pass Wickersham Dome trailhead at Milemarker 28 and at about Milemarker 38 you will pass Globe Creek with the crags visible on the low rising dome on the right side of the highway. Before the obvious side cut, and the turn off for the East Grapefruit Area, take a right on a dirt road that is guarded by a red gate. Park here if gate is locked, if not continue up the road (close gate behind you) to a parking area. At the far end of the parking area is a trail that traverses East to the backside of the dome. There are cairns that mark trail along the way; the trail is becoming more apparent as it sees more use. Traversing some talus slopes you will notice some smaller crags uphill, and the trail continues until you run into Crackland. Approach time takes 20 to 25 minutes.

Routes from Left to Right

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Wavey Gravey
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Iraqy Cracky
Trad, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 1
Crackland
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 6
Crackbaby
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Bring Your Dancing Shoes
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Alaska Girls Do Crack
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Rude Girls
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wavey Gravey
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Iraqy Cracky
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Crackland
 1
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Crackbaby
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Bring Your Dancing Shoes
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, TR
Alaska Girls Do Crack
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Rude Girls
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport

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Perfect day in the Interior. Wickersham Dome to the South and Globe Creek drainage in the background.
[Hide Photo] Perfect day in the Interior. Wickersham Dome to the South and Globe Creek drainage in the background.
This crag is located North of Crackland and appears to be awaiting some first ascents.
[Hide Photo] This crag is located North of Crackland and appears to be awaiting some first ascents.
Passing storm over the Grapefruit environs.
[Hide Photo] Passing storm over the Grapefruit environs.
Crack route just to the right of Wavey Gravey: Iraqy Cracky 5.9, 45 ft, ascends the crack after a bouldery start with no pro. Chain Anchors can just be seen at top of climb.
[Hide Photo] Crack route just to the right of Wavey Gravey: Iraqy Cracky 5.9, 45 ft, ascends the crack after a bouldery start with no pro. Chain Anchors can just be seen at top of climb.
Crackland as seen from approach trail, backside of East Grapefruit Dome.
[Hide Photo] Crackland as seen from approach trail, backside of East Grapefruit Dome.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] I think (like 90% sure) Frank Olive is responsible for cleaning/equipping most of the routes listed here in the Crackland area. Summer of 2002 or 2003 maybe? Jul 24, 2008