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

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
 43
Ripple
Ice
WI4 R
 19
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
 19
Green Steps
Ice 4 pitches
WI5
 21
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI3
 30
Kid's Corner
Ice 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
The Slot
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 50
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Butt Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Physical Attraction
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Pivot Point
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 54
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 14
Voodoo Child
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 11
Green lightning
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
Crisco Kid
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
Tunnel Vision
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Anchorage & S C… > Eklutna Canyon
 43
WI3 Ice
Hung Jury Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 19
WI4 R Trad, Ice
Green Steps Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 19
WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon
 21
WI5 Ice 5 pitches
Kid's Corner Anchorage & S C… > Caribou Creek
 30
WI3 Ice 3 pitches
The Slot Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Monolith
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Sunshine Ridge Seward Highway > Sunshine Ridge
 50
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Butt Crack Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 47
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Physical Attraction Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Zulu Wall
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pivot Point Seward Highway > Pivot Point > Lower Pivot Point
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Toto Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Diamond
 54
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Voodoo Child Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Zulu Wall
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
Green lightning Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valle… > Green Gully
 11
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Crisco Kid Portage > Byron Glacier Wall
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Tunnel Vision Hatcher Pass > … > Fairangel Gap &… > Tunnel Vision Wall
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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