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Areas in Anchorage & South Central Alaska

Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing 122 / 21 / 3 / 0 / 185 / 2 / 39 / 21 / 214
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 / 22 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
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 171 / 46 / 13 / 49 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 85 / 256
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 16 / 14 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Service Boulder, Anchorage, AK 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Seward Highway 120 / 221 / 46 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 339
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 35 / 48 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 81
Elevation: 107 ft
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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.

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
Ripple
Ice
WI3-4
Luckyman
Ice 2 pitches
WI4 R
Hung Jury
Trad, Ice
WI5
Green Steps
Ice 4 pitches
WI5
Bridalveil Falls
Ice 5 pitches
WI5-
Simple Twist of Fate
Ice 2 pitches
WI3
Kid's Corner
Ice 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Toto
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Green lightning
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Crisco Kid
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Seismic Wave
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dino Who?
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
The Brown Spot
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Tunnel Vision
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ripple Anchorage & S Cen… > Eklutna Canyon WI3 Ice
Luckyman Anchorage & S Cen… > Portage WI3-4 Ice 2 pitches
Hung Jury Anchorage & S Cen… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI4 R Trad, Ice
Green Steps Anchorage & S Cen… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI5 Ice 4 pitches
Bridalveil Falls Anchorage & S Cen… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI5 Ice 5 pitches
Simple Twist of Fate Anchorage & S Cen… > Valdez > Keystone Canyon WI5- Ice 2 pitches
Kid's Corner Anchorage & S Cen… > Caribou Creek WI3 Ice 3 pitches
Sunshine Ridge Seward Highway > Sunshine Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Toto Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valley… > Diamond 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Green lightning Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valley… > Green Gully 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Crisco Kid Portage > Byron Glacier Wall 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Seismic Wave Wookie Wall/Weine… > Weiner Lake Routes > Left Cave 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dino Who? Seward Highway > Dino Head 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Brown Spot Hatcher Pass > Archangel Valley… > Green Gully 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Tunnel Vision Hatcher Pass > … > Fairangel Gap and… > Tunnel Vision Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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