Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Homer Bluffs : Homer Bluff 5

Homer Bluff 5

Rating: WI3-WI4-
Length: 90 meters

From the beach climb a short section of dirty ice (WI3), followed by a low grade section up to the base of a thin curtain. Climb the curtain to reach a long section of more moderate ice that can take you to the top.

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Anchor: Alders exist at the top of the bluff for rappel; however, be prepared to place a v-thread just in case the ice isn't in all the way up.

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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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. From the beach walk north past Old Age and Homer Bluff 3 and 4 to the next major ice formation.

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