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By Bradly Brandt
Apr 28, 2014

Hey I just picked up a seasonal job in Fairbanks from May to August . What is the climbing like in the area? Anything I should check out besides climbing? What is the culture of Fairbanks as a whole? Please tell me it's a cool place and that I'll have a blast. Also, is anyone in the Fairbanks area looking for a partner? Just for some some context I am coming from Arizona.

Thanks, everyone.
Bradly


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By clint helander
From anchorage, alaska
Apr 28, 2014
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbing the Prow. Yosemite.

there isn't that much climbing near fairbanks. Grapefruit Rocks and Mount Prindle (which is still a full day away). I will be working in fairbanks all summer too!


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By kennoyce
From Layton, UT
Apr 28, 2014
Climbing at the Gallery in Red Rocks

Bradly Brandt wrote:
Hey I just picked up a seasonal job in Fairbanks from May to August . What is the climbing like in the area? Anything I should check out besides climbing? What is the culture of Fairbanks as a whole? Please tell me it's a cool place and that I'll have a blast. Also, is anyone in the Fairbanks area looking for a partner? Just for some some context I am coming from Arizona. Thanks, everyone. Bradly


I worked seasonally in Fairbanks for 4 summers and unfortunately, there's not much in the way of climbing. The closest areas are all at least an hour away. There is Angle Rocks which is grainy low quality granite on China Hotsprings road, and there are some limestone outcroppings about an hour north of Fairbanks, but it's just TR.

As far as the city goes, it's pretty run down and ghetto, not ghetto as in dangerous, but just old and not very nice. That being said, once you get out of the city it's beautiful. My seasonal job took me all over the state, so even though I was based out of Fairbanks it was still pretty cool. Hopefully your job is similar.

Good luck and have fun.


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By john bald
Apr 28, 2014

Search out the "Granite Tors". Did some nice short routes there on good stone.


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By Seth Kane
From Bozeman, Montana
Apr 29, 2014
prindle

grapefruit has some decent slab leads (and maybe some sport climbs, there was a lot of retrobolting of TR only routes going on last summer), angel rocks has a bit of short, scary trad and some chossy TR only stuff, and prindle has some longer stuff, but is a bit long for a day trip. In May there will probably still be some snow/ice climbs in the deltas in. Expect a lot of work and bring a lot of webbing for top rope anchors on any climb that isn't bolted. Lower grapefruit, crackland and Angel rocks tend to be more buggy then upper grapefruit.

There's some good restaurants in town (Alaska coffee roasting company, Bun on the Run, Lemongrass, collegetown pizzaria, off the top of my head).

Beaver Sports sells Stan Justice's guides to the area (I think you might have to email him for the Prindle/Delta Range ones now?)


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By Bradly Brandt
May 2, 2014

I'll have to check out those restaurants. Thanks! Kinda a bummer about the lack of climbing nearby but I'll be flying all around on my days off. I'm looking for a partner if anyone is down!


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By Bradly Brandt
May 2, 2014

Also, the tatlanika boulders sound pretty cool. Anyone been?


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By Scott O
From California
May 2, 2014
Batman Pinnacle

The UAF gym is cool, but there's not much near Fairbanks.


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