Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Seward : Lunar Orbit

Lunar Orbit

Rating: WI3+
Length: 200 meters, 4 pitches

Bushwhack uphill to reach the base of the lower angle ice, which extends downhill from the crux pitch, meaning the route is different lengths depending on the year. Best climbed during times of low snow as low angle pitches will be covered if it is very snowy. Transition here, and climb gradually steepening ice to the crux curtain. Find one more low angle pitch in the trees after the crux pitch, taking you to the top of the ridge.

FA: Feb 2018, climbed free solo by Samuel Johnson.

Anchor/Descent: Tree, v-threads

Posted by: Samuel Johnson



Lat/Long: 60.10039386199396,-149.30695069150522

Park at 4th of July Creek. Head up 4th of July creek to its confluence with Godwin creek. Go past Jailbreak on the West end of a large forested rock buttress. Continue up Godwin creek past Blood Moon. Get your bearings from the creekbed to determine your position relative to Lunar Orbit. Bushwhack uphill to reach the base of the lower angle ice, which extends downhill from the crux pitch, meaning the route is different lengths depending on the year. Best climbed during times of low snow as low angle pitches will be covered if it is very snowy. Transition here, and climb gradually steepening ice to the crux curtain. Find one more low angle pitch in the trees after the crux pitch, taking you to the top of the ridge.

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Lunar Orbit from 4th of July Creek. Photo: Samuel Johnson (2018)