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Done Dirt Cheap S 
Goat's Head Soup S 
Great Lobster Dispute S 
Indifference T,S 
Jumpin' Silverfish/ Sidewinder S 
Minestony S 
No Finer S 
No Whiners S 
Project 5.12+ TR 
Shiner S 
Sly T,S,TR 
Unknown S 
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Goats Head Soup Rock Climbing 

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Location: 60.98632, -149.61141 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: sarcasm on May 25, 2013
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Good rock for the highway. Sunny location, off the highway a little. Routes here were almost all established by Steve Garvey. Has seen a lot of abuse by dry toolers over the last couple years. Please don't do this, really a big bummer.

Getting There 

Mile marker 106.9

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Goats Head Soup

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Goats Head Soup:
Great Lobster Dispute   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
No Whiners   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Shiner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Goat's Head Soup   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
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Featured Route For Goats Head Soup

No Finer 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Alaska : Seward Highway : Goats Head Soup
Follow up the face near the rampy ledge, move right and around the arete and then finish on the left of the arete....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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By C. Williams
From: the Climber Cave
Apr 5, 2014
Say goodbye to this area. DOT plans to blow this wall up in the next round of highway improvements.
By C. Williams
From: the Climber Cave
Feb 11, 2015
By Gus Barber
Apr 20, 2016
This is a great area for the highway, should absolutely not be torn down. Been climbing there for some time and hope to climb there for years to come.
By C. Williams
From: the Climber Cave
Apr 20, 2016
The DOT project at Windy Corner is still open for public comment. Let your voice be heard!
By Griswald
Apr 23, 2016
Am I the only climber that does NOT care if this gets blown up?
By Jared LaVacque
From: Anchorage/Grand Junction
Apr 23, 2016
Definitely not the only one, Senor Clark Griswald. If we could somehow take the entire shit rock-band, minus the 20-40 or so lines that aren't complete seasonal freeze and thaw choss bombs, along the HWY, and place them on one cliff, the rest of it could be removed as well, as it exfoliates itself on a yearly basis. This place, and the entire highway, is a safety hazard for climbers and should be treated as such, not revered for its closeness...certainly not its quality. There are routes along the HWY that are good, but certainly few and far between. I know a lot of people get emotional about our local choss pile, but as I have pulled 12 pound blocks out on the lines that I classify as semi-solid, the rock is crap. Move to any other state with great rock and options and realize that if it was there, nobody would bother climbing on it. If I died as a result of a choss explosion on one of these lines I would come back from the dead, travel back in time and let zombie me beat the shit out of myself, because I would have died on garbage rock and climbed on something that lacks quality and aesthetics(if nothing else is devoid of actual character), therefore making my death truly smiting and not enriching on a Vonnegutesque level of dark humor/slapstick.
By The Shocker
Apr 25, 2016
Blow that choss pile up.
The gym wanks and APU wannabe guides with glacier glasses and prussel prussics will find another roadside pile of 5.8 schwag to top rope gangbang elsewhere 20 feet from the road. Lord knows the people that want to "save" it won't actually go exploring and climb one of the other 1000 crags on the Turnagain arm with better rock and routes. Too busy doing what the guidebook tells them to. Just down the road on Indian house Mtn there is an established 1000 foot 5.9 route with a walk off. Good rock. Try doing that one time instead of wiring Goats head to death to impress a clueless lass.

Wish I could push the button myself.
By L. Von Dommelheimer
From: Anchorage
Apr 25, 2016
lot of hate going on Goats Head. It's a nice place to go when the wind is blowing, or you just want to get a quick burn in. Want to share the beta on the 1000ft 5.9, Hoyt?
By The Shocker
Apr 26, 2016
South face of Indian house. 45 minutes up talus. At the start of the spur is a tree that looks like an ostrich. Pick the right spur or you'll end up in choss. Progresses from 5.2 to a 5.9 pitch #7. Bring your glacier glasses, junior.
By Anne F
Apr 26, 2016
You all are funny.

Goats Head was pleasant the couple times I went by when I was learning to climb. It's also 100% sketchy choss just like the rest of the highway; not the type of thing I'd be willing to get on these days.

Get on some granite and stop squabbling, kids.
By L. Von Dommelheimer
From: Anchorage
Apr 26, 2016
Not all of us live s short distance from Index or Leavenworth...
By The Shocker
Apr 27, 2016
Not everyone lives an hour away from the Talkeetna mountains either......
By sarcasm
Apr 27, 2016
Jesus, this is so weird. Climb there or not, who cares. It's not world class, you knew that before you showed up.
By Brady Deal
From: Anchorage, AK
Apr 27, 2016
+1 for The Schocker

Even though being a #chossmaster is fun, I'd rather have a safe highway to drive on rather than a 5 route crag. Safety first kids.

Wait a month until the snow melts and go to Hatcher instead.

Or better, go to the gym and get stronger.
By rock junkie
From: CO/WY
Apr 28, 2016
This goes to show that the Anchorage area has the worst climbing community on the

planet. You people have nothing but choss for miles around and your first

reaction when a semi solid chunk of it is threatened is "Blow that shit up"? Wow.

Not only do you idiots not take care of what you do have, the amount of mank I

clipped last summer on "popular" routes was maddening, but you then advocate for

an area's destruction? What the fuck? I hope the DOT blasts every crag within 5

miles of your "dangerous" highway, it would make it safe for little Brady.

Don't fool yourselves, Hatcher is shit (moss and giant blocks), Eagle River is

grid bolted and glued choss, and the stuff around Chickaloon? THAT'S NOT EVEN


I climbed at Goats Head one windy evening. It was kinda fun, out of the wind

and none of the holds broke on me, which is better than almost every other

place I climbed that summer. For the sake of the climbers in Anchorage I hope

every one of your shit rock piles fall off and your shitty gym burns down too.

None of you deserve to climb.
By The Shocker
Apr 28, 2016
Nice Rant!! That's some good shit!
A: If you think Goats Head is " solid", your demonstrated ignorance invalidates everything you say after that.

B: Although there is a lot of moss in Hatcher pass, there are quite a few 4 star routes/pitches there. Most people don't have the patience or the skill set required to find them, and a lot of the good stuff.... Wait for it..... Wait for it..... ISNT IN THE GUIDEBOOK!!! (Just tell me the Gold Tower in Craggie creek is moss and blocks so I can laugh in your face please)
The stuff in Chickaloon ( it's rhyolite, an extrusive igneous, look it up) might not qualify as rock to you, but the stuff in ARG isn't rock either.... And people love that shit for some reason.

Go back to Colorado ( and stay there) and tell everyone the only thing to climb in AK is Goats head, and they should chain themselves to the crag so they don't blow it up!

C: if you climb choss because that's where a guidebook directs you to, then you have only your lack of knowledge to blame for climbing said choss. There is plenty of good rock in SC AK. And Goats head doesn't qualify.
By Toni Walters
Mar 28, 2017
So after all this, did it get blown up?
By C. Williams
From: the Climber Cave
Mar 29, 2017
Still there for another summer.

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