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Elevation: 75'
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Description 

One word describes Alaska and that is "BIG!" This not only describes the state but the climbs that are in it. From the single pitch climbs along the Seward Highway to Denali the tallest mountain in North America, Alaska has something to offer everyone. Weather in Alaska can change very quickly. Alaska receives warm weather currents from Japan as well as cold weather currents from the Artic Circle. When the two collide it tends to get nasty!

Getting There 

You can get to Alaska by plane, boat or automobile. Alaskans are very friendly and will give you directions if you get lost or confused.

Climbing Season



Weather station 93.3 miles from here

1,108 Total Routes

['4 Stars',147],['3 Stars',380],['2 Stars',314],['1 Star',166],['Bomb',54]
['<=5.6',40],['5.7',57],['5.8',100],['5.9',120],['5.10',269],['5.11',151],['5.12',66],['5.13',21],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',11],['V2-3',55],['V4-5',30],['V6-7',26],['V8-9',26],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alaska:
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Shaken not Stirred   WI5 M5 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 15 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
Luckyman   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Portage
The West Rib   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9200'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
West Buttress   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 12500'   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
Ham & Eggs   WI4 M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10 pitches, 3000'   Ruth Gorge : Moose's Tooth
Smoke em' if you got em'   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Steep Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 1300'   Southeastern Alaska/Coastal... : Mt. Harding
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley
South West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 4100'   Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow     Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 6000'   Denali National Park : Mt Hunter
Randys roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Jungle Gym
Toto   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
Dino's Stubble Trouble   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Seward Highway : Dino Head
Crisco Kid   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Portage : Byron Glacier Wall
Goldfinger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 2000'   Ruth Gorge : The Stump
Dino Who?   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seward Highway : Dino Head
The Brown Spot   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 120'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Green Gully
Thief Among Us   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   Eagle River : Dew Mound
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Featured Route For Alaska
The iconic North Buttress of Mount Hunter

The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow  AK : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter
---------- HISTORY ----------In a range full of incredible mountains and world class routes, the North Buttress of Mount Hunter is perhaps the most iconic stage for cutting edge alpine triumphs.This 6,000' bastion of ice and stone is painted with an exceptionally unique history. Starting in the mid 1970s, a number of the world's foremost alpinists began attempting to climb the North Buttress of Mount Hunter. Most attention was focused on the obvious ice couloir that would later be known as the F...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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This Peak is called the "Island".  Deep in the Chugach range.  I didn't climb it but I did ski down the shadowed wall to the left of the prominent spine.  45-50 degrees for 3000 vertical!
This Peak is called the "Island". Deep ...
I forget where this was...  Alaska, May 07.
I forget where this was... Alaska, May 07.
Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fairweather Mountain Range
Bill on the Brady Icefield, looking towards the Fa...
Fall in the Alaska Range
Fall in the Alaska Range
This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot Tubs & Beers".  It goes down the shadowed ramp down and left from the peak in the center of the photo.  45 degrees for 2500 vertical.
This is a ski run in the Chugach called "Hot ...
Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
Eklutna Glacier Traverse- Beautiful Arete Peak
Skiing big big big lines.
Skiing big big big lines.
One of many lighthouses throughout the inside passage of southeast Alaska. <br />Photo by Josh Hibbard
One of many lighthouses throughout the inside pass...
Sunset from coastal trail.
Sunset from coastal trail.
Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Peaks and Glacier in the Chugach Range.
Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
Mini Iceberg- Copper River, Alaska
A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach. <br />Photo by Josh.
A typical bushwacking classic Alaskan approach. Ph...
Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North Fork of the Chena River, Fairbanks Environs; 11:30 PM~
Angel Creek trail along the banks of the North For...
Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
Fang Mountain, Alaska Range
Glacier Bay NP, Alaska.  May 07.
Glacier Bay NP, Alaska. May 07.
Alaska, May 07.
Alaska, May 07.
Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Try Alaskan Amber Ale.
Try Alaskan White Ale.
Try Alaskan White Ale.
The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska.  <br />Photo By Josh Hibbard
The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska. Photo ...
Denali National Park; Denali massif obscured by its' own weather system
Denali National Park; Denali massif obscured by it...
Alaskan ESB.
Alaskan ESB.
Alaskan Pale.
Alaskan Pale.
Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Try Alaskan Summer Ale.
Pretty amazing, Alaska, May 07.
Pretty amazing, Alaska, May 07.

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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 26, 2007
In addition to the above information on Alaska:
-You can also get there by boat. The Alaska Marine Highway leaves Seattle area (Bellingham) for most of the Southeast Alaska towns and up towards Anchorage. You can get a stateroom or pitch your tent on the solarium.
- Alaskans are very friendly and will give directions, as indicated in the above description. However, don't expect street names or street numbers. Be prepared for directions such as, "follow this here dirt road for about 5 minutes. Take a hard right after the large spruce tree. In about 4 minutes you will see a large black rock. Turn left here and heep going until..."
-Tourism is one of the main industries in Alaska. If you are looking for a true Alaskan experience, don't get caught up in the tourist traps. Where there are cruise ships, there are tourist traps.
By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Oct 24, 2010
some good recourses

Database for rock routes and scrambles in Alaska as well as the Alaska Mountain Forum. One can also find out how to purchase the Alaska Rock Climbing Guide by Kelsey Gray here -- alaskamountainforum.com/wiki/i...

Bouldering in Alaska -- akbouldering.com/

Huge and very good ice climbing database as well as a forum -- alaskaiceclimbing.com/
By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Oct 3, 2013
A thrown together video about a little climbing in Southeast AK: