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Anchorage & South Central Ice Climbing  
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Girdwood- Ryan's Rip 
Hatcher Pass 
Long Lake (Revised) 
Portage 
Powerline Boulders 
Ptarmigan Peak 
Purinton Creek 
Ravine Lake Climbing areas 
Service Boulder, Anchorage, AK 
Seward Highway 
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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Middle Fork
A trail down the east side of Powerline Pass; out & back or make a loop with Flattop Flyer. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Powerline Pass Ride
A high-speed mountain pass ride with most of the fun at the end. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Flattop Flyer
Mostly singletrack downhill with 2-car shuttle; can be done as and out and back. Near Anchorage, Alaska
The Hive
Outer singletrack on the north perimeter of Hillside; great views of Anchorage. Near Anchorage, Alaska
Hillside Park
A great singletrack tour of east Anchorage with plenty of pedaling and descending. Near Anchorage, Alaska
Bolling Alley
Fun loop on the south side of Kincaid;lots of small rollers and berms. Near Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage & South Central Alaska  


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Description 

This area encompasses all of the rock/ice/snow climbing areas in the vicinity of South Central Alaska. The largest city in this region is the Municipality of Anchorage, with approximately 250,000 residents. South Central Alaska includes all areas along the Glenn Highway north/east to Glenallen, along the Seward Highway to Whittier and onto the Parks Highway half way between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Additional Information about Anchorage and South Central Alaska Climbing:


There is a gym in Anchorage, w.alaskarockgym.com and also a small gym in Wasilla. There are two guidebooks for sport/trad climbing by Kelsey Gray and a bouldering guide by Todd Helgeson and David Funatake. Todd's site akclimber.com is a really good resource for bouldering updates and there is a Face Book group for AKclimber as well.
The guidebooks are available at the below links:

akclimber.com/guidebook-orderi... for the bouldering guide

alaskarockclimbing.com/ for the route guidebooks, there are two volumes.

Also, to give an idea of the rock at Hatcher Pass, here is a link to the official Trailer of "Falling Forward", which is a video about alpine bouldering in Alaska and will be premiered and released next spring.

Getting There 

If you don't live in the state of Alaska, the best way to get there is via plane, landing at the Ted Stevens International Airport and renting a car.

Climbing Season



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996 Total Routes

['4 Stars',110],['3 Stars',369],['2 Stars',299],['1 Star',139],['Bomb',56]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Anchorage & South Central Alaska :
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Ski Tracks   WI4 M4 Steep Snow     Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2000'   Ptarmigan Peak
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Luckyman   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Portage
Last Call   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Snowflake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : SnowBird Slab/Cornerstone
Physical Attraction   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Zulu Wall
Randys roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Jungle Gym
Orangutan Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Monolith
Pivot Point   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 40'   Pivot Point : Lower Pivot Point
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, 100'   Portage : Byron Glacier Wall
Seismic Wave   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Weiner Lake Routes : Left Cave
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'   Dew Mound : Arrowhead Wall
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This is a spectacular warm up and a classic for th...

My Subaru Love's the Environment 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Republic of Boulder
This is a spectacular route with an upper open book that is a must do for fun and unusual moves rarely found in Alaska. The bottom may be a bit confusing due to the millions of bolts, so I'll try and get you on the right path.Start on rock bulge clipping and moving left onto the face. Then continue up into the main dihedral (crux), and follow this up and left till you arrive at the party ledge. Pull yourself up onto this large platform, and clip the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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