Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Turnagain Arm : Candyland


Rating: WI3-WI4
Length: 100 meters

If good conditions exist a few top-to-bottom flows can be found in the center of the wall. Most climbing parties tackle the climb in 3-pitches with the first and second tiers being the longer and more difficult sections. Don't be surprised to find some mixed conditions at the top of the first tier.

Approximately 150 feet right of the large flows is a 45 foot high mass of baby blue ice. If top roping is your preference, this is a great place to set a rope.


Anchor/descent: Anchors for the first two tiers will consist of ice screws. Above the third tier alders are available for belay and rappel. If planning to rapel the route, be prepared to place V-threads. Otherwise, gain access to the trail above then walk the trail towards Anchorage until you find a safe descent route down to the highway. Some downclimbing on ice may be required on the descent.

ALERT: In order to climb at Candyland, one must obtain a climbing permit from the Alaska Railroad Corporation's security office located in downtown Anchorage at 320 West 1st Street. Climbing without a permit could mean a personal fine or permanent closure of this area.

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Approximately 30 minutes south of Anchorage and 5-10 minutes north of Girdwood is a location commonly referred to as Candyland. Most often the name refers to a large, 3-tier rockwall located on the opposite side of the railroad tracks when viewed from the Seward Highway. Park at the nearby highway pullout or on the shoulder of the highway then walk across the tracks to the climbs.

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