Ice Guide : Southcentral : Chitina River : Crystalline Hills : Crystalline Hills 1

Crystalline Hills 1

Rating: WI3
Length: varies, multi-pitch, 70-80 meters

Climb the pillar for 50 feet of WI3. Once the pillar is climbed, the angle kicks back and a nice bench is present for a belay. The second pitch is 100 feet of WI3-. It would be awkward to climb the route as one pitch due to the length of low angle ice between the steps.


Anchor/Descent: Be prepared to place V-threads or rap off of trees. For descent either rappel the route in two rappels, using a tree and a thread. It is also possible to walk off to the right.

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Follow the trail until it crosses a stream with an obvious short pillar in an incredibly polished alcove.

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Photo: Mike Weber