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Rain Check

WI4, Ice, 275 ft (83 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 3.2 from 6 votes
FA: Pudwill & Tobin 2/1981
Alaska > Anchorage & S C… > Anchorage & S C… > Valdez > Bear Creek

Description

Rain Check is a good choice for climbing in the Valdez area when avalanche conditions are high, as the route ends atop the canyon with no major snow slopes above.

A moderate "approach" pitch past a short but steep step and a long snowy ramp leads to the base of the long crux pitch. Belay from screws. Many paths can be taken through the crux P2 pillar depending on conditions, ~45M long. Belay from healthy trees atop P2.

Location

The first big flow seen on the right side of the canyon as you hike in. ~15 min ski/snowshoe. Rappel from trees and v-thread.

Protection

Screws, v-thread materials, tree anchor/rap atop P2.

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Jason leading out on P2 of Rain Check WI4
[Hide Photo] Jason leading out on P2 of Rain Check WI4
Pulling the last steep moves of the upper pillar of Rain Check.  Photo Constance Cloudberry Johnson
[Hide Photo] Pulling the last steep moves of the upper pillar of Rain Check. Photo Constance Cloudberry Johnson
Sending off onto the second and crux pitch of Rain Check in perfect conditions.
[Hide Photo] Sending off onto the second and crux pitch of Rain Check in perfect conditions.
Nick leading up the mellow first pitch of Rain Check on another great day of climbing in Valdez.  Photo Constance Cloudberry Johnson
[Hide Photo] Nick leading up the mellow first pitch of Rain Check on another great day of climbing in Valdez. Photo Constance Cloudberry Johnson
Rain Check basking in some chilly afternoon sunshine.
[Hide Photo] Rain Check basking in some chilly afternoon sunshine.
Climbers using some alternate belays on Rain Check WI4
[Hide Photo] Climbers using some alternate belays on Rain Check WI4