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Routes in Keystone Canyon

Type: Ice, 50 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 286 total · 5/month
Shared By: Nick Weicht on Jan 23, 2014
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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Description

This is without a doubt the most climbed route in Valdez due to it's close proximity to the road and no river crossing approach and option of walking to the top by way of the walk off on the left side of the route. While to guide book Blue Ice Black Gold gives this climb a WI3 there are a number of options to the top like the steep section under the large pine tree anchor or the moderate line up the thin ice over flowing water out left. There are also three different 2 bolt chain anchors on the left side of the climb that make for some fun mixed moves on choss. What ever line you choose be careful not to underestimate this little fella. It has a history of broken bones and injuries under her belt. On the flip side it has been climbed with no crampons a few times and also a couple other times with no tools. Once by Andy in xc ski boots and has been home to the largest women's climbing clinic to date in Alaska put on by Emily Escapule and Kerstin Kramer with 60 ladies in 2016 for ice fest.

Protection

There is webbing around a large pine tree at the top center of the route. You may also climb to three separate 2 bolt chain anchors located on the left side The Climb. There is also a non-technical approach from the left side of the Crag to reach the top anchors.

Location

P.O.S. is the single pitch climb located across the canyon and a few hundred feet up river from Bridal Vail Falls. Park at the Bridel Vail pullout and walk along the road side to the climb. Approach time is 3 min

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Ben Taggart
San Francisco, CA
Ben Taggart   San Francisco, CA
If the access ramp to the left of the climb looks sketchy (no snow), you can also access the top by taking the nice trail which starts a bit down the road towards town from the bridalveil falls pullout. The trail hits the top of the gully above the ice, and you can bushwhack down this gully to the anchor tree. Apr 16, 2018

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