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Areas in Anchorage & South Central Alaska

Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing 121 / 24 / 3 / 0 / 184 / 2 / 42 / 21 / 216
Chickaloon Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Deep Water Bay 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 3
Eagle River 6 / 23 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 37
East Twin Peak 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Girdwood- Ryan's Rip 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Goat Rock 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Hatcher Pass 203 / 48 / 17 / 54 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 105 / 294
Long Lake (Revised) 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
O'Malley Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Portage 3 / 20 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Powerline Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Ptarmigan Peak 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 3 / 3
Purinton Creek 43 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 59
Ravine Lake Climbing Areas 17 / 14 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Service Boulder, Anchorage, AK 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Seward Highway 120 / 230 / 50 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 349
Valdez Area Rock 41 / 131 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 172 / 172
Wedge, The 7 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 10
West Twin Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Wookie Wall/Weiner Lake 36 / 48 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 85

Description

This area encompasses all of the rock/ice/snow climbing areas in the vicinity of South Central Alaska. The largest city in this region is the Municipality of Anchorage, with approximately 250,000 residents. South Central Alaska includes all areas along the Glenn Highway north/east to Glenallen, along the Seward Highway to Whittier and onto the Parks Highway half way between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Additional Information about Anchorage and South Central Alaska Climbing:

There is a gym in Anchorage,alaskarockgym.com and also a small gym in Wasilla. There are two guidebooks for sport/trad climbing by Kelsey Gray and a bouldering guide by Todd Helgeson and David Funatake. Todd's site AKclimber.com is a really good resource for bouldering updates and there is a Face Book group for AKclimber as well.
The guidebooks are available at the below links:

akclimber.com/guidebook-ord… for the bouldering guide

alaskarockclimbing.com/ for the route guidebooks, there are two volumes.

Also, to give an idea of the rock at Hatcher Pass, here is a link to the official Trailer of "Falling Forward", which is a video about alpine bouldering in Alaska and will be premiered and released next spring. vimeo.com/101216080

Getting There

If you don't live in the state of Alaska, the best way to get there is via plane, landing at the Ted Stevens International Airport and renting a car.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Anchorage & South Central Alaska

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3
 34
Ripple
Ice
WI4 R
 15
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
 14
Green Steps
Ice 4 pitches
WI5
 16
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI5-
 10
Simple Twist of Fate
Ice 2 pitches
WI3
 21
Kid's Corner
Ice 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 35
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Butt Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 6
Birds of Prey
Trad, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Pivot Point
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 46
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 6
Green lightning
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Dino Who?
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 10
Tunnel Vision
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
The Shaft
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Anchorage & S C… > Eklutna Canyon
 34
WI3 Ice
Hung Jury Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 15
WI4 R Trad, Ice
Green Steps Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 14
WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 16
WI5 Ice 5 pitches
Simple Twist of Fate Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 10
WI5- Ice 2 pitches
Kid's Corner Anchorage & S C… > Caribou Creek
 21
WI3 Ice 3 pitches
Sunshine Ridge Seward Highway > Sunshine Ridge
 35
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Butt Crack Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 38
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Birds of Prey Hatcher Pass > Reed Lakes Boul… > Birds of Prey
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine
Pivot Point Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Lower Pivot Point
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Toto Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Diamond
 46
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Green lightning Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Green Gully
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Dino Who? Seward Highway > Dino Head
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tunnel Vision Hatcher Pass > … > Fairangel Gap a… > Tunnel Vision Wall
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Shaft Wookie Wall/Wei… > Weiner Lake Routes > Right Cave
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
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