Elevation: 107 ft
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Shared By: Jared LaVacque on Sep 27, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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

Bolting Ethics

Recently a enormous effort to replace existing hardware has been undertaken by primarily one or two individuals. Done without funding from outside sources, most of the popular routes are now equipped with stainless bolts, and in many cases glue in bolts. A huge shout out to those folks.

Due to recent events it must be mentioned that adding bolts to existing climbs is considered poor ethics, and generally will not be tolerated by the community. Additionally, moving bolts for a reason other than safety concern is probably not a great idea.

The climbing areas in Alaska are a shared resource and the ethics of the overall community should be respected. 

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
 40
Ripple
Ice
WI4 R
 18
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
 17
Green Steps
Ice 4 pitches
WI4 M4 Steep Snow
 7
Ski Tracks
Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
WI5
 20
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI5-
 13
Simple Twist of Fate
Ice 2 pitches
WI3
 26
Kid's Corner
Ice 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 42
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Butt Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Physical Attraction
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Pivot Point
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 50
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Green lightning
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 10
Tunnel Vision
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
King Size
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Anchorage & S C… > Eklutna Canyon
 40
WI3 Ice
Hung Jury Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 18
WI4 R Trad, Ice
Green Steps Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 17
WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Ski Tracks Ptarmigan Peak
 7
WI4 M4 Steep Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 20
WI5 Ice 5 pitches
Simple Twist of Fate Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 13
WI5- Ice 2 pitches
Kid's Corner Anchorage & S C… > Caribou Creek
 26
WI3 Ice 3 pitches
Sunshine Ridge Seward Highway > Sunshine Ridge
 42
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Butt Crack Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Physical Attraction Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Zulu Wall
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pivot Point Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Lower Pivot Point
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Toto Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Diamond
 50
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Green lightning Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Green Gully
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Tunnel Vision Hatcher Pass > … > Fairangel Gap &… > Tunnel Vision Wall
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
King Size Wookie Wall/Wei… > Weiner Lake Routes > Left Cave
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 2 pitches
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