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Mendenhall Towers Rock Climbing 

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Mendenhall Towers south faces.


Located about 12 miles north of Juneau this 7 summited massif has numerous routes from 500ft to 2500ft. The south faces are much cleaner but shorter than those on the north.

Getting There 

There are several ways to get out there, ski from blackerby ridge north until you reach the north branch of the mendenhall glacier. Or head directly up the mendenhall glacier via the west glacier trail. Most parties however just take the 15-20 minute flight from Juneau with coastal helicopters.

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Weather station 3.0 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Mendenhall Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mendenhall Towers:
Solva Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   
South Buttress - Main Tower   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200'   
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Featured Route For Mendenhall Towers
Rock Climbing Photo: Aug 2015. Route follows sun/shade line on main tow...

South Buttress - Main Tower 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Alaska : Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : ... : Mendenhall Towers
Approach: Start at base of south facing buttress on the Main Tower (3rd Tower). P1: Cross schrund where allowable and climb 5th class to gain 4th class terrain below prominent left facing corner on south buttress. P2: 4th class terrain to base of left facing corner below headwall.P3: Climb left facing corner up to left trending ramp/traverse that accesses pillar at base of main headwall. Belay at notch in pillar at the end of the traverse. 10a moves towards top of corner to gain traverse. P4: Sh...[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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By Mike Fields
Sep 8, 2015
Planning on a trip to the south side of Main Tower next june to climb the Mountaineers Route - anyone with knowledge of route willing to answer a couple of questions?


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