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Keystone Canyon

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Bight, The T 
Bridalveil Falls 
Cidersicle T 
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Foolagain 
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Green Steps 
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Hanging Tree Right T 
Hooligan 
Horsetail Falls T 
Hung Jury T 
Loves Way. T 
Mud Slide T 
P.O.S 
Popsicle Pillar T 
Simple Twist of Fate 
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Keystone Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Description 

between 12 and 20 east of Valdez, Alaska is the Keystone Canyon. also known as Mecca to ice climbers.
while skiing seems to be the major winter draw to this area, the big multi-pitch ice routes have been drawing customers since the mid-70's. Ice climbing festivals started here in 1983 and much of the activity was fueled by the late Andy Embeck.

Getting There 

fly to Anchorage. catch a RT 45 minute flight with ERA for about $250 or do the 5-6 hour drive from Anchorage. hundreds of ice routes abound; some to the west in Mineral Canyon are walking distance from downtown.

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing area.

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['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',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Keystone Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Keystone Canyon:
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Simple Twist of Fate   WI5-     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
Horsetail Falls   WI3     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 260'   
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Featured Route For Keystone Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Simple Twist of Fate WI5-

Simple Twist of Fate WI5-  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Keystone Canyon
The prominent ice flow in the narrow gully between the huge routes Bridalveil Falls (left) and Greensteps (right). Ascend some 500' of snow/easy ice to the base of the business. If climbing with 60M ropes, one will have to build a belay at the bottom of the steeps, directly in the fall-line (not-advised). With 70M ropes, a belay can be built some 50' down and right of the hard climbing, providing the belayer with some margin of safety from the garbage chute. From here, climb a full ropelength of...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Rock Climbing Photo: A classic picture of an ice pixies event from 2007
A classic picture of an ice pixies event from 2007
Rock Climbing Photo: Pat taking the whipper like a top rope tough guy o...
Pat taking the whipper like a top rope tough guy o...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalvei...
BETA PHOTO: The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalvei...
Rock Climbing Photo: Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: local resident
local resident

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