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Airport Heights Rock Climbing 


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Location: 61.13965, -146.22021 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nick Weicht on Jan 22, 2014
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Description 

Airport Heights is a beautiful single pitch sport wall near the Valdez Airport. The crag can be see a few hundred feet up the above the east end of the Runway and is the bottom right crag in a cluster of four cliffs. It offers spectacular views of the valley, ocean and surrounding mountains. All day sun and a moderate approach make this a great crag for after work or a leisurely weekend outing. This wall contains six routes on mostly good quality rock. Routes are between 20m and 25m long. Don’t forget the bug spray and a camera for some amazing sunsets.

Getting There 

Drive past the Valdez Airport and turn left into Valdez Glacier Campground. Follow the main road through the campground to where it dead ends at the runway and park if driving a car. From here, follow the Old Jeep Trail (dirt Road) 1/4 mile till the first walking path cuts right and heads straight to the first large cliff. Follow the trail a few hundred feet up a steep approach to the wall on right. This same trail is used to access Raven Rock on left. Trail may be slippery when wet, and long pants are nice if it has not seen a lot of traffic to keep the trail packed down. Bears do a better job than people at this, so some bear spray is nice to keep in your chalk bag for any mid-climb battle royal :) The approach time is about 15 minutes.

P.S. Climbers have been on the good side of the camp hosts for many years, and we want to keep it that way. DRIVE SLOWLY IN THE CAMPGROUND, and DO NOT PARK IN CAMPSITES. Saying hi and offering a beer every now and then can't hurt good relations. :)

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Alaska area.

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: This one also has a fun crux at the top.

Air Shows & Flower Drops 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Airport Heights
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