Interior Alaska Climbing

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Created On: Feb 21, 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 LeftFox Left
Fox Creek FallsFox Center
Fox Creek FallsFox Right
Fox Creek FallsTopping Out on Fox
Helping DadAedan
Helping DadHelping Out




Dragonfly Creek

Upper DragonflyRapping to Base
Upper DragonflyUpper Dragonfly
Upper DragonflyCenter Dragonfly
Upper DragonflyRight Dragonfly
Dragonfly CreekUpper/Lower Falls
Sheep CreekSheep Creek Falls 1




Johnny Cash Falls

Nenana RiverSunrise Nenana River
Johnny Cash FallsJohnny Cash Falls
Folsom Prison BluesFolsom Prison Blues
Folsom Prison BluesNenana River
Folsom Prison BluesSunday Morning
Folsom Prison BluesFolsom Prison
Folsom Prison BluesFolsom Prison
Folsom Prison BluesAnchor

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 CreekStart
Darling CreekStart
Darling Creek WallsDarling Creek
The CurtainThe Curtain WI-III
The CurtainCurtain Close Up
The Curtain ProfileCurtain 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 MountainsDelta Mountains
Delta MountainsDelta Mountains
Gulkana GlacierGulkana Glacier
Suspension BridgeGulkana Trail
CiaraCiara
CiaraCiara on Bridge
Delta MountainsDelta Mountains
Delta MountainsSunset in the Deltas
Delta MountainsSunset

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 RocksAPR 07
Angel RocksMain Rock
Angel RocksMain Rock
ScramblingScrambling
Angel RocksValley
Interior Alaska HillsInterior 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 RockFalcon Rock
West Grapefruit RocksWest Grapefruit
Rapping South RidgeSouth Ridge
Left TowerLeft Tower
White MountainsWhite Mountains
Interior Alaska HillsInterior Alaska

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