Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Turnagain Arm : Roadside Attraction

Roadside Attraction

Rating: WI3/4
Length: 40 meters

This 110 foot wall varies in width every year; however, when it is in fat it is not uncommon to see 2-3 parties climbing at the same time. Steep ice for the first 10 meters make up the crux then the ice leans back into a more more moderate grade before topping out in alder brush. This wall also can provide mixed climbing for those wanting to challenge their skills. If ascent isn't your thing or you are without a partner, the ice wall makes for a great traverse.

FA: Bowman & Dobrowsky, 1979*

Anchor/descent: Alders exist at the top of these climbs; however, be prepared to place a V-thread if a sturdy anchor isn't available.

ALERT: Belayers take caution of the passing highway traffic within arms reach while climbers should be aware that falling ice and rock could easily hit the passing traffic below. Simply stated, use common sense when climbing so as to not ruin the privilege of climbing at this location.

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Drive Seward Highway approximately 1.5 miles south from the weigh station to a large pullout on the south side (ocean side) of the highway directly across from this formation. Park at the pullout and proceed with caution when crossing the highway to get to the base of these climbs.