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    Does anyone know when the ice climbing routes around Healy become climbable? It won't be long before I break something dry tooling around the house. I need some real ice to climb.

  • #2
    I'll ask my brother in law where he goes up there. He goes there on a regular basis.
    There is also a book that they well at Beaver Sports on Ice Climbing areas in the Interior. That might be your best bet to go in there and ask them about the book at the Alaska Alpine Club developed and published for Interior Ice Climbing.
    Lurker.

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    • #3
      Fox Creek and Dragonfly Creek just before you get to Glitter Gulch... Fox Creek is up stream of the hwy about 10 minutes walking time, you'll know when you get to the waterfall, lots of fun and protected from the wind, so its pretty enjoyable...

      If I remember right, Dragonfly is a top-belay and on the downstream side of the hey, that one is a lot of fun as well

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      • #4
        Originally posted by woodman6437 View Post
        Does anyone know when the ice climbing routes around Healy become climbable? It won't be long before I break something dry tooling around the house. I need some real ice to climb.
        AlaskaIceClimbing.com is where you'll find some good beta. Not too many climbers here...

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        • #5
          Thanks, I have done Dragonfly and Fox Creek in early spring, but I have never been down there this early in the season. I was just in Valdez for some Backcountry and their ice looked good, so I figure the interior has to be climbable as well (except for the extreme cold).

          Yeah, I know this AOD is geared mainly towards consumptive users (I am one myself), but I figure if I keep the climbing forum alive more climbers will come.

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          • #6
            Phoenix should be in on Panorama Peak, about 130 miles south of Fairbanks, between Mile 217 and Mile 219. I haven't climbed there since 2001 when I took a pretty nasty lead fall on the second pitch.

            I as pretty runout and bounced of quite a bit of ice on the way down. More bones broke than didn't and I learned some pretty valuable things about life, like protect for the consequences and not the difficulty. Climb smart and climb safe.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by normK View Post
              Phoenix should be in on Panorama Peak, about 130 miles south of Fairbanks, between Mile 217 and Mile 219. I haven't climbed there since 2001 when I took a pretty nasty lead fall on the second pitch.

              I as pretty runout and bounced of quite a bit of ice on the way down. More bones broke than didn't and I learned some pretty valuable things about life, like protect for the consequences and not the difficulty. Climb smart and climb safe.
              Norm....ouch! I have only been ice climbing for a little bit so only top rope for me.

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              • #8
                Woodman,
                will be off work the 24-3 looking for someone to go down to healy to find some ice , I can drive ... I have plenty of gear .

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