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Accidental Corking T 
Apology Foot Rub, The T 
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Gateway Variation T 
Smoked Bluffs T 
Tritonian Yeti Physics T 
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Vertical Gardener, The T 
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The Crack Garden Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,266'
Location: 61.81689, -149.20903 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Terramariner on Jul 15, 2016
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This is the main area of the crag and is stacked with great moderate crack climbs on quality stone. There are lots of variation options due to how close the climbs are to each other. CC Crack and climbs to the left get late afternoon sun after the rest of the crag has gone into the shade so it's a nice spot to end the day.

As of summer 2017, there are now three bolted anchor stations with rap rings on top of the formation. Left anchor is above TYP. Middle is accessed by a single bolt on the slab above TW. Right is up a slabby dihedral above VG.

There is also another anchor at the back of the ledge on top of the formation. Left of this anchor is a steep and increasingly slippery walkoff to the base of the crag.

Getting There 

Follow the trail left from the buttress along the base of the crag. The trail tends to stay high and gets narrow but is much easier going than traversing lower. Be careful if it's wet as a slip could lead to a nasty ride.

Climbing Season

For the Hatcher Pass area.

Weather station 15.0 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Crack Garden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Crack Garden:
Caustic Community Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   
Gateway Variation   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 105'   
The Apology Foot Rub   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 115'   
The Vertical Gardener   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 115'   
Tritonian Yeti Physics   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 105'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Vertical Gardener

The Vertical Gardener 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : The Crack Garden
Start in the small corner/roof feature near the center of the face. Work your way up an easy crack into the alcove below the large roof. Pull the roof, then continue straight up into a shallow right facing corner and over a fun bulge. Finish up the low angle right facing corner to a 2 bolt anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Crack Garden pre-gardening, pic taken just aft...
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By L. Von Dommelheimer
From: Anchorage
Jul 31, 2016
There are several routes that are still in progress here and some would make for serious leads without a bolt or two.
By Terramariner
From: Tacoma, Toyota, AK
Sep 6, 2017
Lost an anasazi pink shoe up here this summer near the base of TYP. Managed to find one shoe near a hole, so the other may be a part of marmot bed now. But if anyone finds it as the foliage starts to drop I'll compensate with a 6 pack.

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