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Mendenhall Towers Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: GR Johnson on Jan 15, 2010
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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.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 3.0 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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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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Balancing Act - West Tower 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Alaska : Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : ... : Mendenhall Towers
Approach: Start on south side of Mendenhall towers, several hundred feet west of Mountaineer's Route start. Start below gully leading out from the large perched basin on the west tower(Tower #1).Climb:P1: Climb 5.7 terrain up gully to intermediate ledge.P2: Climb up through 5.10 offwidth to gain low angle gully system leading to upper faces.Scramble up gully to base of upper faces.P3: Climb 5.8 terrain to gain base of razor-edge flake leading up and leftwards.P4: Follow razor-edge flake, 5...[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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