Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Homer Bluffs : Redline


Rating: WI5
Length: 70 meters

From the beach climb moderate ice up to a short pillar that will land you just below a dead vertical and sustained curtain. Climb the curtain and top out on some moderate ice above.

FA: Bill McKenna & Steve Stauber, 1991

Anchor: Alders exist at the top of the bluff for rappel but v-thread gear or pins may be required.

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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Lat: 59 38.645' North
Long: 151 36.097' West

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. At the beach walk north past Dog Day then Codfather to the next major formation of ice.