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 4 Upper Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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This route shares the start with the right hand most route on the upper wall. Climb the crack feature past bolts. These bolts are retro bolts. The crack will take gear.Once the lower crack peters out a bolt line heads to the right, go left instead. Make some moves across a run out section of slab aiming for a large crack near the top of the wall. Place large cams in the crack and move through the crux. Tree for top anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in Alaska