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Apr 16, 2013
So I'm going to be moving with the gf to the Palmer area for the summer and wanted to get a feel for the climbing in the area. I noticed Hatcher Pass is right there so that seems like good news but what other areas might be locally accessible?

We're definitely interested in getting in some bigger trips while were there but for the purpose of this thread I'm seeking out information on more local/cragging type options. Or am I pretty much going to have to resign myself to not getting much climbing in?


Also if there are any locals in need of partners I'd be interested in that as well.
Jeff Young
From Palmer, AK
Joined Oct 19, 2008
27 points
Apr 16, 2013
The Seward Highway is really beautiful.
Here's the low down, once again. Palmer is a good spot for sure. Hatcher Pass has some great climbing and, yeah, is close to Palmer but that doesn't really help for cragging. Ther is some low commitment stuff but mainly longer approaches. Weekend or full day trips no matter if you're going from palmer or anchorage. Wookie Wall/Mile 88/Weiner lake is about 45 minutes away up the beautiful Matanuska River valley and is Alaska's only real sport climbing crag. It's a great crag(s). Short, uphill approach and could definitely do evening trips with the daylight. Both wookie wall and hatcher pass have free camping as well. There is some cragging in Eagle River that is ~close to Palmer. Get Kelsey Gray's guide. Alaska rock climbing guide on facebook.

Other than that, big mountains are everywhere! You'll be right in between two amazing mountain ranges. Have a good summer.
Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
Joined Mar 30, 2010
683 points
Apr 16, 2013
Thanks man, and sorry if this has been covered before. I couldn't turn much up in the search. Also I'm definitely not opposed to long approaches and/or camping. Just glad to hear that not everything will require a plane ride and multiple days/weeeks. Looking forward to checking it out firsthand! Jeff Young
From Palmer, AK
Joined Oct 19, 2008
27 points
Apr 25, 2013
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This is a good local website just and FYI forums.alaskaiceclimbing.com/ Luke to Zuke
From Anchorage
Joined Apr 23, 2008
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