Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Homer Bluffs : Codfather


Rating: WI4
Length: 70 meters

From the beach climb steep snow/ice to the base of the route. Climb a short and steep curtain to the snow bench. From the bench climb a steep pitch of ice, rock and dirt to the top of the bluffs. (Note: Codfather is the major ice formation shown in the picture. The smear of ice with two pillars to the right of Codfather is known as Mudpuppy.)

FA: Bill McKenna, Dave Lucey & Corey Hinds, 2007

Anchor: Alders exist at the top of the bluff for rappel but v-thread gear or pins may be required.

ALERT: Do not get caught in the tide. Make sure you are aware of the current tides in the Homer area as water levels do rise to the base of the ice on a few routes.

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Lat: 59 38.643' North
Long: 151 36.034' West

When driving to Homer, turn right off the Sterling Highway onto Saltwater Drive, which is approximately 2 miles towards Homer from the Baycrest Scenic View pullout. Drive to the end of Saltwater Drive and park. From the parking area walk approximately half the road distance back towards the Sterling Highway then turn right and hike through the alders until you come to the top of the bluff. A large tree (an anchor may exist) can be found above the rappel route. Depending on conditions, you may need to put crampons on at the top of the bluff. Two 50m ropes will allow you to rappel a safe distance down. Following the rappel you may then need to walk a bit further to the beach. At the beach walk north to the smears of ice between immediately after Dog Day and before Redline.

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Codfather (left) and Mudpuppy.  Photo: Scott Rader