BETA PHOTO: Lower Crag
Often if its raining in Valdez you can head over Thompson Pass and find a blue hole here. Years ago a few routes were put up but recently some new bolts have showen up. Moderate grades with a short approach. Watch out for some loose rock but the routes are sound.
The area is primarily divided into two walls an upper and lower.
Drive to approximately 43 mile on the Richardson Highway. Look for an old turn out that is a "drive through". It will be on the left hand side if you are leaving Valdez. Park in the turn out and look for an obvious trail to lookers left as you look at the climbing area.
Use this trail to access the upper and lower crags. Hiking directly to the lower crag is loose. It's best to follow the trail and then traverse over to the base of the lower wall.
Climbing Season For the Anchorage & South Central Alaska area.
Weather station 52.9 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For 43 Mile
Route 2 Upper Wall 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b AK
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Originally a "TV-MA" rated trad route. Recently retro bolted. The start used to be run out over a bad landing. Once you gained some height you were able to place gear in pockets and features as you worked your way up a classic inside corner to a short roof. Original top anchor was a near by spruce tree. The gear ended up using up many of the holds making the climb a bit more difficult. Now fully bolted the spice is missing but the climbing is still fun.Follow a ...[more] Browse More Classics in AK