Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 9, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
I am not an ice climber....not yet at least. I'm going to Alaska for the second half of August. I'll be flying into Anchorage and making my way up to Denali National Park. Anyone have any beta for climbing up there for a non ice climbing trad / wall climbing non ice California boy who grew up on the beach??? ;) I'll be up there with my girlfriend, so doing some trad cragging / <8ish pitch moderate routes would be cool
Hatchers Pass/ Archangel Valley bout as good as it's gonna get.. Toto is a good but easy trad route. Archangel a truly fantastic little valley .. magical. There is another 3 pitch quality harder route up a bit further around the left on the same formation dunno the name .. it didnt have a name when I snagged all the fixed pins that Garvey put in it... lol
Oh man .. we do lack for easy access rock up there. Multipitch trad.!!?? haha not much pickins.
Ice though.. yeah lots of that..
PM me for some contacts to show you around if it can work out.
August is a good time to go to the Brooks Range - the skeeters will be dying
off towards the end of the month. Hatcher Pass - you don't go to The Great
Land to climb crappy choss even if the scenery is passable. I'd rather go fishing.
Up around Fairbanks there are: the Granite Tors, Mt Prindle (1 day hike in if you have high clearance 4wd), and strangely limestone at Pineapple rock. I don't really know where you would go for local approach beta, maybe Beaver Sports.
I would love for someone to set me straight about the real possibilities.
Alaska Mountain Forum used to be a good source for some stuff, but it looks defunct at the moment.
I think I have a bunch of Hatcher stuff digital, hit me up and I can see if I can find it. It is still adventurous if you move away from the obvious crags like the Monolith and the rock with Snowflake on it.
If you've got a few hours go do Sunshine Ridge south of Anchorage on the highway. Screw what everyone says about the rock quality, that is a route you'll never forget. 5.5(?) and probably 400'.