Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Turnagain Arm : Cold Snap

Cold Snap

Rating: WI4
Length: 30 meters

PFM Wall (often called Weeping Wall) offers numerous ice and drytool routes for those looking to push the limits. Rock and ice protection is good to have on hand as these routes are not usually for beginners.

This route takes the same start as Slim Jim but traverses left up the steep ramp that meets up with the top of PFM. The ice up the ramp to the fatter ice of PFM can be fairly thin or nonexistent.

FA: Bob Crawford & Martin Martinez, 1989

Anchor/descent: Alders exist at the top of a few climbs, so it is recommended to bring v-thread material.

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Drive approximately 3.5 miles south on the Seward Highway. Following the exit to McHugh Creek is a large pullout on the mountain side of the highway. Park in the pullout then pick your route while your belayer thanks you for getting them out of traffic.

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