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Black Face Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Captain Kaboom Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 6
Crucifix Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Cube Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Independence Crag 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Moai Wall 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Phantasia Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Pinnacle area 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Red Scare Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Such Awesome 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Upper Tier walls 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Elevation: 5,017 ft
GPS: 61.837, -149.27 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Jared LaVacque on Oct 20, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer
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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 at www.akclimber.com
Private property with public access. Be mindful to keep climbing accessible!! Details

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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