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Portage Rock Climbing 

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When the weather is nice, the two Portage Climbing areas offer incredible solitude and beauty, longer routes, and some good rock. The first area, Middle Glacier Canyon has very sharp, sometimes loose rock and gets nice morning sun. Here there are many two pitch climbs. Next, the byron Glacier area is made up of incredibly slick and usually very solid rock. Longer rope helpful. - The Scar

Getting There 

Head south 36 miles past the weigh station on the Sweard Highway and turn left onto Portage Glacier Road. Just after the Portage Railroad Station and the Portage Creeks.

Climbing Season

For the Anchorage & South Central Alaska area.

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Portage

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Portage:
Crossover   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Byron Glacier Wall
Slurm   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Byron Glacier Wall
Hungry Time   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Byron Glacier Wall
Potentially Dry   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Byron Glacier Wall
Virgin Mary, Not   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Byron Glacier Wall
Crisco Kid   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Byron Glacier Wall
Icky Thump   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Byron Glacier Wall
Black Pudding   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Byron Glacier Wall
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Featured Route For Portage
Rock Climbing Photo: Crisco Kid climbs the lowest arete in the photo.

Crisco Kid 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Byron Glacier Wall
Crisco Kid climbs the left arete on the main wall. Smear up supper smooth rock up a well spaced bolt line. There is some blue bail tat at the second clip. From here trust your rubber on the polished face climbing that brings you to the anchor. Some small stopers after the second bolt can be used to make this route a less scarry sport adventure....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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