Winter activities can be a little dull for the adventurous type of athlete. Ice climbs are one way to add a little excitement to your life and get your adrenaline rushing. Alaska is packed full of ice climbs, and below are just a few of the incredible climbs Alaska has to offer.
Mount Ripinski. There are two different ice climbs in Mount Ripinski, Alaska. The first climb is Mirage Ice Climb located on Haines Highway. The basic directions are as follows: park at mile marker five and hoof it to the climb. Another ice climb at Mount Ripinski is Garbage Point. The directions for this climb is a little out of the way, so check the map before you head out.
Mineral Creek. In Valdez, Alaska, there are dozens of ice climbs. The following three ice climbs are in avalanche territory, so be sure to check snow conditions before starting your climb.
- Excalibur Ice Climb- Rated a WI5, this 65-meter ice climb is a great climb for the adventurous type.
- Kayaker’s Delight Ice Climb- Rated a WI4, this ice climb is 55 meters in length and due to running water, it needs to be accessed during cold weather.
- Blue Horizon’s- Rated a WI4, this 180 meter ice climb is located near the ski trails on Mineral Creek.
Eagle River. Located in North Anchorage, the Eagle River ice climbs could keep climbers busy for days. With more than a dozen ice climbs, this is a great place for ice climbers to make their mark.
- Fruitcake Ice Climb- Rated a WI4, this ice climb is located in Hurdygurdy Area and is known for its 225 feet sustained climb to the top.
- Three Ring Circus – Rated a WI3+, the Three Ring Circus ice climb is located in Echo Bend and consist of a 275 meter climb. Snow picks may be needed in certain conditions.
- Twin Falls- Rated a WI4, the Twin Falls ice climb is located up Eagle River Trail approximately 11 miles. The climb itself is around 100 meters and contains two pitches.
Christmas Amphitheatre. Located in Hunter Creek East Fork, the Christmas Amphitheatre has around eight ice climbs and was established during the Christmas season of 1995. According to the Christmas Amphitheatre website, it is not advised to leave personal belongings unattended as theft has risen in the past few years.
- Ornament- Rated a WI3, the Ornament ice climb is an approximate 25 meter climb and v-threads will be needed for descent.
- Tinsle- Rated a WI5, this 50-meter climb is known for its steep pillar of candlestick ice.
- O Christmas Tree- Rated a WI5, this 120-meter ice climb is a bit trickier and tougher than some other ice climbs in the area.
Kenai Peninsula Ice Climbs. With nine ice climbs in the area, the Kenai Peninsula is a great place for the climber who wants to get in more than a few climbs during his winter trip. Look for beautiful scenery and difficult climbs in this area.
- Snow River Ice Climbs- The snow river has three ice climbs that include Arctic Rhino, Burnin Down the House and Sterno.
- Seward Ice Climbs- The Seward ice climbs is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Anchorage and consist of three ice climbs, including Slime Line which is rated a WI3, Tosina Creek, which has several climbs in itself, and Caines Head Pillar.
- Canyon Creek Pillar- Rated a WI4, the Canyon Creek Pillar is a 120 meter climb consisting of trees and brush. Webbing may be needed for ice anchors.
While on your ice climbing adventure, check out the many things to do in Alaska along with all the winter activiities they have planned thoughout the season.