Ice Guide : Southcentral : Matanuska River : Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Rating: WI4, 2 to 3 pitches
Length: 100 meters

This route consists of a couple of steps that lead to a large, long, aesthetically pleasing pillar that is visible from the Glenn Highway near Sutton. The route has the potential to spill down lower on the slope creating a first, free-hanging pillar. It is unknown if the first pitch ever touches down. If not, access the fat ice on the second pitch by traveling uphill on the left of the wall with the dagger.  

FA: Richard Baranow & Martin Martinez

Anchor: Alders do exist at the top of this route for anchors or rappel.

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Lat: N- 61 degrees 40.721'
Long: W- 148 degrees 50.303'

This climb is visible up high across the Matanuska River near the town of Sutton on the north facing hills.  Access to this route begins near Palmer on the Old Glenn Highway.  Turn north on Clark Wolverine Road at Butte.  Travel on this windy road for several miles until the road turns to the Wolverine Jeep Trail. Stay on the road and pay respect to the private land owners in this area.  After several miles by foot, ski or machine, one will arrive at this climb on your right.

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The hanging dagger on Pigs in a Blanket. Photo: Paul Guzenski, January 2016.