Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Seward : Tonsina Creek : Tonsina Pillar

Tonsina Pillar

Rating: WI4
Length: 100 ft, 1 pitch

Cool Pillar, with what looks like more moderate ice going beyond a corner above in the gulley. May even reach all the way above tree line


Anchor: V thread, possible alder anchors up high.

Posted by: Joe Nyholm

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Lat: 60.03337130302697
Long: -149.49088633060455

This route is approximately 1.5 miles up the Tonsina Creek after the bridge from the Caines Head trail and is located on the north side of the drainage. The approach to the base of this route may prove to be one of the cruxes of the climb. A gully of snow leads one through trees to the base of what appears to be a rather steep pillar of ice.

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Nice Pillar, early season levels of ice after a two week period of 10-25 degree weather. Photo Credit: Joe Nyholm (Feb 2018)