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Keystone Canyon

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Allice in Wonderland S 
Bight, The T 
Bridalveil Falls 
Cidersicle T 
Fang Gully T 
Foolagain 
Glass Onion T 
Green Steps 
Hanging Tree Left T 
Hanging Tree Right T 
Hooligan 
Hung Jury T 
Loves Way. T 
Mud Slide T 
P.O.S 
Popsicle Pillar T 
Simple Twist of Fate 
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Keystone Canyon  


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Submitted By: Greg Sievers on Mar 27, 2011
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Description 

between 12 and 20 east of Valdez, Alaska is the Keystone Canyon. also known as Mecca to ice climbers.
while skiing seems to be the major winter draw to this area, the big multi-pitch ice routes have been drawing customers since the mid-70's. Ice climbing festivals started here in 1983 and much of the activity was fueled by the late Andy Embeck.

Getting There 

fly to Anchorage. catch a RT 45 minute flight with ERA for about $250 or do the 5-6 hour drive from Anchorage. hundreds of ice routes abound; some to the west in Mineral Canyon are walking distance from downtown.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.2 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Keystone Canyon:
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For Keystone Canyon
Simple Twist of Fate WI5-

Simple Twist of Fate WI5-  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : ... : Keystone Canyon
The prominent ice flow in the narrow gully between the huge routes Bridalveil Falls (left) and Greensteps (right). Ascend some 500' of snow/easy ice to the base of the business. If climbing with 60M ropes, one will have to build a belay at the bottom of the steeps, directly in the fall-line (not-advised). With 70M ropes, a belay can be built some 50' down and right of the hard climbing, providing the belayer with some margin of safety from the garbage chute. From here, climb a full ropelength of...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
Valdez Ice Climbing Festival 2014
The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalveil Falls, Simple Twist of Fate, Glass Onion, Keystone Greensteps (bottom 3/4 in shade)
BETA PHOTO: The Big four in Keystone Canyon. L to R: Bridalvei...

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