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Finding Anchorage’s Best Rock Climbing at The Wedge

September 20th, 2011

Hiking into the Wedge (right) on a rare Alaska trail.

Anchorage is legendary for bad rock climbing. The¬†crags along the¬†Seward Highway were awarded a top five in the worst climbing areas in the US. For that reason, I’ve never climbed on the Seward highway although it is just minutes from town. By driving an hour you get high quality granite in the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher Pass, but it’s tough to catch dry conditions at there. Then Kevin Wright showed Cathy and I “The Wedge”. Solid rock just outside Anchorage! It is a bike and then a hike, but it is close!

Here are some photos from our trip…

Adrian and Bryan climbing Timeless, a two-pitch 5.9 that had a real handcrack and solid rock.

Adrian and Bryan topping out on Timeless. Ship Lake Pass is beyond.

Kevin leading Wisdom, a one-pitch 5.9. Kevin is the lead avalanche forecaster for the Chugach Avalanche Center. See a post from a day on the job with Kevin. After Wisdom we climbed Timeless, the route Adrian and Bryan were on. Kevin, Cathy and I each got to lead a beautiful 5.9 pitch. Almost unheard of in the land known for Chugach Crud.

Hiking back to the bikes in the warm fall light.

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  1. Aaron
    October 19th, 2011 at 22:31 | #1

    What packs are those? I don’t recognize them from your current offerings. Are they new 2012 packs?

  2. August 23rd, 2013 at 16:16 | #2

    Awesome to find some pics from Joe Stock!

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