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

Stingray

Rating: WI5/6
Length:

From the beach climb moderate ice at the base of Redline up to where you feel comfortable to move right out onto the snow/ice and rock. Climb a dead vertical, thin, and possibly unprotectable pillar of ice. At the top of the top traverse right until you reach the ice that will take you to the top of the bluffs. up to 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:

Anchor: Alders exist at the top of the bluff for rappel; however, a rappel from the top of Redline is recommended just in case your ropes don't reach all the way to the base. V-thread material is recommended.

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 to the next major formation of ice. Stingray is the right and thinner looking climb and Redline is the large, vertical curtain of ice.

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