Elevation: 5,025 ft
GPS: 61.837, -149.27 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jared LaVacque on Oct 20, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer
Access Issue: Private property closed Details

Description

Excellent granite bouldering that, despite having a decent amount of development, has vast potential for the developer. Just go forth, find a boulder, scrub some holds and get an FA...extensive hiking may be required, depending on motivation, but the rewards are limitless.

A bouldering guide to Alaska was recently released by Todd Helgeson and covers most of the bouldering in Alaska and features an in depth Hatcher Pass section with great details and photos, to get the boulderer where they want to be climbing. The guide is available for sale atakclimber.com

Getting There

Follow directions for Hatcher Pass, but do not turn on the Archangel Road, "Continue up Fish hook road past Archangel Road for a few miles, and you will encounter a low parking lot, with two bathrooms and a park pay site. If the gate is open for the mine, continue up and park. If the gate is closed, park at the main lot, and follow the paved zig-zagging trail up the hill, passing through the mine ruins. Continue on a dirt trail over a little bridge. Continue on this trail for a few hundred yards and then break off left and toward the creek, where large boulders are visible. The first set of chalked boulders are the Captain Kaboom Boulders. Routes up to V7 are established. Continue up past the Captain Kaboom boulders another few hundred yards to the Phantasia boulders. The boulders are just west of the creek, approximately 150 yards from the A-Frame, and perpendicular to it as well. Problems up to V11 are established. The Crucifix is atop the large hill/ridge above the mine, to the right. Look for a giant visible white cross on the hillside( tread lightly and respect the landowners property, as access is sensitive and mainly hikers.) Most development is by Todd Helgeson, as well as Matt Lowber.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 7
Dr. Horrible
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 3
Captain Kaboom
Boulder, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Shelter in place
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Rapa Nui
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Get your ass to the pass (GYATTP)
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Rampart Rampage
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
24 Karat
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
TBD
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
The Big Eddie
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 6
Harvest Mode
Trad, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
SoCal DJ
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Ivan the Impaler
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Walkman and Button Heads
Trad, Alpine
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 5
LARPing on Acid
Trad, Alpine
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
The Jester
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dr. Horrible Captain Kaboom Boulders
 7
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Captain Kaboom Captain Kaboom Boulders
 3
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Shelter in place Ramparts Wall
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Rapa Nui Moai Wall
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Get your ass to the pass (G… Ramparts Wall
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Rampart Rampage Ramparts Wall
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
24 Karat Independence Crag
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
TBD Independence Crag
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
The Big Eddie Ramparts Wall
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Harvest Mode Independence Crag
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine
SoCal DJ Renaissance Wall
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Ivan the Impaler Independence Crag
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Walkman and Button Heads Renaissance Wall
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
LARPing on Acid Renaissance Wall
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine
The Jester Renaissance Wall
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine
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