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Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing

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Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing  

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Location: 61.83738, -149.27022 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jared LaVacque on Oct 20, 2010
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Todd Helgeson on Rock Biter, V8, Phantasia Boulder...

Private property with public access. Be mindful to keep climbing accessible!! MORE INFO >>>


Excellent granite bouldering that, despite having a decent amount of development, has vast potential for the developer. Just go forth, find a boulder, scrub some holds and get an FA...extensive hiking may be required, depending on motivation, but the rewards are limitless.

A bouldering guide to Alaska was recently released by Todd Helgeson and covers most of the bouldering in Alaska and features an in depth Hatcher Pass section with great details and photos, to get the boulderer where they want to be climbing. The guide is available for sale at akclimber.com

Getting There 

Follow directions for Hatcher Pass, but do not turn on the Archangel Road, "Continue up Fish hook road past Archangel Road for a few miles, and you will encounter a low parking lot, with two bathrooms and a park pay site. If the gate is open for the mine, continue up and park. If the gate is closed, park at the main lot, and follow the paved zig-zagging trail up the hill, passing through the mine ruins. Continue on a dirt trail over a little bridge. Continue on this trail for a few hundred yards and then break off left and toward the creek, where large boulders are visible. The first set of chalked boulders are the Captain Kaboom Boulders. Routes up to V7 are established. Continue up past the Captain Kaboom boulders another few hundred yards to the Phantasia boulders. The boulders are just west of the creek, approximately 150 yards from the A-Frame, and perpendicular to it as well. Problems up to V11 are established. The Crucifix is atop the large hill/ridge above the mine, to the right. Look for a giant visible white cross on the hillside( tread lightly and respect the landowners property, as access is sensitive and mainly hikers.) Most development is by Todd Helgeson, as well as Matt Lowber.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.7 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Independence Mine Bouldering and Climbing:
Dr. Horrible   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Captain Kaboom Boulders
Rock Biter   V8- 7B     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Phantasia Boulders
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Elijah Helgeson on Dr. Horrible.

Dr. Horrible V2 5+  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Captain Kaboom Boulders
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Black Slab Boulder
Black Slab Boulder
Jared on Golgotha at the Crucifix Boulder.
Jared on Golgotha at the Crucifix Boulder.
Jared on Rock Biter at the Phantasia Boulders.
Jared on Rock Biter at the Phantasia Boulders.
Jared LaVacque on Captain Kaboom, V6, Captain Kabo...
Jared LaVacque on Captain Kaboom, V6, Captain Kabo...
Triangle Boulder
Triangle Boulder

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