Ice Gallery : Roger Pollard Ice Gallery

Roger Pollard ice gallery

J.J. Brooks on Rain Check, Valdez. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.J.J. Brooks on Rain Check, Valdez. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Never Cry Wolf, Chitina River.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Never Cry Wolf, Chitina River.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Dave Whitelaw and Paul Denkewalter, Chitina River.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Follies, Portage. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Paul Denkewalter on Chitina River ice.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Tom Evans on Mad Dog, Eklutna Canyon. Photo: Roger Pollard.Roger Pollard on Five Fingers, Portage.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Steve Garvey, Chitina.Steve Garvey on approach to Hands Across the Water, Portage. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Steve Garvey on High Tide, Homer (1988). Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Steve Garvey on a thin Roadside Attraction, Turnagain Arm. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Steve Garvey on Tentacle, Homer (1989). Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Glass Onion, Valdez (1990). Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Steve Garvey and Mike Tumey on approach to Hands Across the Water.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Hung Jury, Valdez.  Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Martin Martinez on first ascent of Cold Snap, Turnagain Arm. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Bill McKenna on Keystone Greensteps, Valdez. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Gary Donofrio, Never Cry Wolf, Chitina. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Dave Nyman, Fish Camp, Homer. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
Roger Pollard on Yellow Fever. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Jim Sweeny on Sand Castles. Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.Dave Whitelaw at Homer Bluffs (1990). Photo: Roger Pollard Collection.
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Roger began ice climbing in the late 1980’s after moving to Alaska as part of the US Air Force. His introduction into the sport began when Steve Garvey, looking for a belay machine, plucked him off the Seward Highway like a stray dog. As one of Garvey’s belay machines he was soon introduced to local ice and the meaning of “epic”. He shared many great climbs and adventures with Garvey and other friends Tom Evans, Paul Wharton, Dave Whitelaw, Jim Sweeney, Dave Nyman, Steve Davis, Jeff Mahlen, Jay Rowe, JJ Brooks, Paul Denkewalter and his trusty snow machine the "Ice Pilot". He later helped produce Fat City and Urban Ice with Dave Whitelaw and Steve Davis. His most memorable ice climbing epic included a Halloween ascent via canoe approach of Hands Across the Water with Garvey and Mike Tumey that he called “the craziest thing I’ve ever done”.

Not at all a stranger to rock climbing, Roger and friends FA’d several routes in Hatcher Pass. He also co-authored First Steps, the first Hatcher Pass rock climbing guide book.

Roger recently retired from Alaska to Bend, Oregon and is now seeking sun and a more tepid climate in the Pacific Northwest.

From the beginning of Alaskaiceclimbing.com, Roger has allowed the use of information from Fat City and Urban Ice on the site. Prior to leaving Alaska, Roger shared with us his collection of ice climbing pictures, stories, and writings, some of which are provided here. The desire to share the sport of ice climbing with others is still very evident in Roger. We owe him a lot of thanks.