Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Portage River : Dreams of Brown Moose

Dreams of Brown Moose

Rating: WI4
Length: 165 meters, 3 pitches

Climb relatively easy WI2-3 for a pitch until you reach a ledge. From the ledge climb another 60m - 70m of WI3-4 to the top of another step. The third pitch will take you through more sustained WI3-4 to a two bolt pin anchor. This last pitch can be long depending on where the belay is set up. If you are climbing with 60 meter ropes, locate the belay to provide as much rope as possible for the leader on this last pitch.

FA: Jim Hale & Gary Bocarde, 1975

Anchor: Little vegetation exists below the bolt-pin anchor, so make sure to bring v-thread material for the descent.

ALERT:  Dreams of Brown Moose is within a large avalanche chute. Know your surroundings and be aware of the snow conditions before venturing on to this route!

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Lat: 60 46.370' North
Long: 148 51.760' West

From the Seward Highway take the Portage Valley Road as if going to Whittier. Drive approximately 5 miles to the turnoff for the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. Dreams of Brown Moose is south of the visitor center and located high on the mountain under and/or within a large avalanche chute. From the parking lot hike through brush until you reach the base of the chute. Ascend the chute until you reach the ice.

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