Elevation: 5,017 ft
GPS: 61.837, -149.27 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 19,390 total · 179/month
Shared By: Jared LaVacque on Oct 20, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer
Access Issue: Private property with public access. Be mindful to keep climbing accessible!! 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

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V2 5+
 6
Dr. Horrible
Boulder, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Slabbyville
Sport, Alpine
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Birdman Cult
Trad, Alpine
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Rapa Nui
Sport, Alpine
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Avoid the Noid
Trad, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
999
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
24 Karat
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
TBD
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
Ivan the Impaler
Trad, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
SoCal DJ
Sport, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Larping on Acid
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dr. Horrible Captain Kaboom Boulders
 6
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Slabbyville Independence Crag
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Birdman Cult Moai Wall
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine
Rapa Nui Moai Wall
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Avoid the Noid Independence Crag
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
999 Independence Crag
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
24 Karat Independence Crag
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
TBD Independence Crag
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Ivan the Impaler Independence Crag
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine
SoCal DJ Renaissance Wall
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Larping on Acid Renaissance Wall
 3
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine
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