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Byron Glacier Bouldering  Rock Climbing 


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Location: 60.76253, -148.84553 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Natalie and Nic Larson on Jul 24, 2013
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Byron Glacier, doorway to the Bouldering Zone

Description 

The bouldering near the foot of Byron Glacier is an expansive area of talas dotted with large climbable boulders, according to information we have come across online there is 75-100 routes in the zone. The area can be windy and cold due to the fact that your right near the toe of the glacier which also leads to amazing views, there is a pretty steady stream of tourists and otherwise unenlightened folks going up to view the glacier and not so brilliantly walking and even sledding on the crevasse prone snow fields, but once your beyond the trail end and up into the talas it's quite secluded and peaceful. The rock here is awesome, great holds, cracks, overhangs, and finger holes of many shapes and sizes, it is glacier rock so parts can be crumbly or shale off, and there is moss growing in spots, but overall the rock is brilliant.

Getting There 

At mile 79, Seward Highway (49 miles south of Anchorage), turn north onto Portage Valley Road. Travel about 6 miles to Portage lake rd on your right, continue past the visitors center and the trail head will be on your right. Byron Glacier Trail is 1 mile on a great maintained trail at the end is a bench and from there you can follow the foot paths up into the talas and choose your rock

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Alaska area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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


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