Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Portage River : Middle Finger

Middle Finger

Rating: WI2/3
Length: 50 meters

This route exists to the left of the longer First Finger.  The most consistent and best line exists on the right of this route.


Anchor: Many alder bushes and trees exist on the route to set up natural protection for rappel stations. 

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Lat: 60 47.417' North
Long: 148 54.101' West

Take the Portage Valley Road off the Seward Highway as if going to Whittier. A short 5 minute drive will bring you to a point where the road crosses a small creek. Immediately after the creek crossing take the right-hand turn. If snow levels are high it is common to find a small, plowed parking area. If low snow levels exist take the obvious dirt road back into the trees to the base of a large avalanche chute. The climbs are located to the west of the avalanche chute approximately 250 feet above a small creek. Hike to the base of the climbs.