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Interior Alaska Climbing

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Object Title: Interior Alaska Climbing

Image Type(s): Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing

 

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Created/Edited: Feb 21, 2009 / Jun 14, 2009

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Interior Alaska Climbing

Rock, Ice, and Alpine Climbing in the Interior. Feel free to add pictures of rock, ice, and/or alpine routes.

Parks Highway Ice

The Parks Highway generally follows the Nenana River south from the town of Nenana as it cuts through the western side of the Alaska Range. The many drainages that feed the Nenana as it flows between Healey and Cantwell hold a number of short but fun climbs. Parks Highway ice climbs are generally shorter and easier than their counterparts along the Richardson Highway, but the approaches are much shorter and easier to negotiate. These are generally high volume flows that tend to come in a little later in the season. The great thing about climbing along the Parks is the temperature is often 10 degrees warmer than Fairbanks (whereas temps along the Rich are 10 degrees colder).


Fox Creek

Fox Creek Left
Fox Left
Fox Creek Falls
Fox Center
Fox Creek Falls
Fox Right
Fox Creek Falls
Topping Out on Fox
Helping Dad
Aedan
Helping Dad
Helping Out




Dragonfly Creek

Upper Dragonfly
Rapping to Base
Upper Dragonfly
Upper Dragonfly
Upper Dragonfly
Center Dragonfly
Upper Dragonfly
Right Dragonfly
Dragonfly Creek
Upper/Lower Falls
Sheep Creek
Sheep Creek Falls 1




Johnny Cash Falls

Nenana River
Sunrise Nenana River
Johnny Cash Falls
Johnny Cash Falls
Folsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison Blues
Nenana River
Folsom Prison Blues
Sunday Morning
Folsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison
Folsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison
Folsom Prison Blues
Anchor

Richardson Highway Ice

Ice climbs along the Richardson Highway are the opposite of those found along the Parks: bigger, steeper, and generally harder to get to. Nearly all of the major drainages along the highway south of the Army's Donneley Training Area hold some amount of ice. The climbs here tend to be low flow ice, and form up a little earlier than climbs on the west side of the Range. Skis and snowshoes are helpful when there's enough snow on the creeks. Expect a one to three hour approach for most climbs.


Darling Creek

Start of Darling Creek
Start
Darling Creek
Start
Darling Creek Walls
Darling Creek
The Curtain
The Curtain WI-III
The Curtain
Curtain Close Up
The Curtain Profile
Curtain Profile

Delta Mountains

I haven't been able to explore the Deltas much...I've only passed through a couple of times. The area holds an incredible number of routes.



Delta Mountains
Delta Mountains
Delta Mountains
Delta Mountains
Gulkana Glacier
Gulkana Glacier
Suspension Bridge
Gulkana Trail
Ciara
Ciara
Ciara
Ciara on Bridge
Delta Mountains
Delta Mountains
Delta Mountains
Sunset in the Deltas
Delta Mountains
Sunset

Angel Rocks

Angel Rocks is probably as close to a local crag as you get around Fairbanks. It's located about 50 miles northeast of town along Chena Hot Springs Road. It's probably a better hiking destination than climbing area, but given the limited amount of accessible rock in the area you take what you can get.


Angel Rocks
APR 07
Angel Rocks
Main Rock
Angel Rocks
Main Rock
Scrambling
Scrambling
Angel Rocks
Valley
Interior Alaska Hills
Interior View

Grapefruit Rocks

There are two distinct climbing areas at Grapefruit - East and West (sometimes referred to Upper and Lower). This is probably the easiest and most accessible climbing in the area - located about 40 miles north of Fairbanks. Predominately short, bolted sport climbs.


Falcon Rock
Falcon Rock
West Grapefruit Rocks
West Grapefruit
Rapping South Ridge
South Ridge
Left Tower
Left Tower
White Mountains
White Mountains
Interior Alaska Hills
Interior Alaska

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