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The Wedge

Alaska > Anchorage & S Central…

Description

Several well reviewed climbs live back in this alpine environment. A bit a journey to get there but worth the hike. A full day adventure is to be had if you going here! Can be very windy and cold and can snow any day it damn well pleases. Not uncommon for it to be 70 in town and have it snow up here on you so bring lots of warm clothes! Cell service is spotty at best so be prepared for anything. Have fun!

Getting There

Drive up to the Glenn Alps parking lot (also known as the flattop parking lot). From here head east on the Powerline pass trail until the Hidden Lake turnout. Take a left here and head across the bridges and gravel trail. Continue up the valley to the back of the bowl and the climbs are on your right. Strike out across the tundra and up a short boulder/talus field to the bases of the climbs. At least a 2 hour approach but you can make it shorter by riding bikes to the Hidden Lake turnoff.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 1
Beast of Burden
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 6
Timeless
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1
Vein Imagination
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Wisdom
Trad, Alpine
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 7
Book of Easy Learning
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Nineveh
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Fisticuffs
Trad, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 1
Leggo My Ego
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Ghost of a Smile
Sport, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 0
Not of this State
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beast of Burden
 1
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Timeless
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Vein Imagination
 1
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Wisdom
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine
Book of Easy Learning
 7
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Alpine
Nineveh
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Fisticuffs
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Leggo My Ego
 1
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Ghost of a Smile
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Not of this State
 0
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine

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To help orient yourself to the crag.
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If you're like me and find the "Getting There" info a bit vague, head towards the highlighted area to find the climbs.
[Hide Photo] If you're like me and find the "Getting There" info a bit vague, head towards the highlighted area to find the climbs.
Looking up the Ramp towards the Wedge.
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] Be very careful of rock fall in this area! It is a hazard scrambling to and from climbs. It is a hazards on climbs. Triggered rock fall is a hazard to others in the area due to the channeled nature of the terrain where climbs are located. Be mindful of other parties! Jul 12, 2015
[Hide Comment] Approach is 1-2 hours from Glen Alps, using bikes to get to the Hidden Lake turnoff. Jul 25, 2015