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Todd Helgeson on Rock Biter, V8, Phantasia Boulder...

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Excellent granite bouldering that, despite having a decent amount of development, has vast potential for the developer. Just go forth, find a boulder, scrub some holds and get an FA...extensive hiking may be required, depending on motivation, but the rewards are limitless.

A bouldering guide to Alaska was recently released by Todd Helgeson and covers most of the bouldering in Alaska and features an in depth Hatcher Pass section with great details and photos, to get the boulderer where they want to be climbing. The guide is available for sale at

Getting There 

Follow directions for Hatcher Pass, but do not turn on the Archangel Road, "Continue up Fish hook road past Archangel Road for a few miles, and you will encounter a low parking lot, with two bathrooms and a park pay site. If the gate is open for the mine, continue up and park. If the gate is closed, park at the main lot, and follow the paved zig-zagging trail up the hill, passing through the mine ruins. Continue on a dirt trail over a little bridge. Continue on this trail for a few hundred yards and then break off left and toward the creek, where large boulders are visible. The first set of chalked boulders are the Captain Kaboom Boulders. Routes up to V7 are established. Continue up past the Captain Kaboom boulders another few hundred yards to the Phantasia boulders. The boulders are just west of the creek, approximately 150 yards from the A-Frame, and perpendicular to it as well. Problems up to V11 are established. The Crucifix is atop the large hill/ridge above the mine, to the right. Look for a giant visible white cross on the hillside( tread lightly and respect the landowners property, as access is sensitive and mainly hikers.) Most development is by Todd Helgeson, as well as Matt Lowber.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.7 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing:
Dr. Horrible   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Captain Kaboom Boulders
Slabbyville    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 90'   Independence Crag
Avoid the Noid   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 95'   Independence Crag
Ivan the Impaler   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 100'   Independence Crag
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Rapa Nui 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Moai Wall
I hope you really like slab. This is quite the line. Up the center of the slab this bolted line climbs through low angle slab that should feel much easier than it is. The rock is beautifully polished, and the holds are just where you need them....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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Triangle Boulder
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Black Slab Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared on Rock Biter at the Phantasia Boulders.
Jared on Rock Biter at the Phantasia Boulders.
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Jared LaVacque on Captain Kaboom, V6, Captain Kabo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared on Golgotha at the Crucifix Boulder.
Jared on Golgotha at the Crucifix Boulder.

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