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Seward Highway ICE

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About Seward Highway ICE:

The ice climbing starts just five-minutes south of Anchorage and leads to 15-miles of belay-from-the-car climbing. The climbs face south and west, and become climbable around Thanksgiving. Some routes can melt out during warm chinooks during December and January. Most of the climbs have plowed pullouts for parking either directly next to or near the vicinty of the climb. Be a good neighbor and park in these plowed areas and if you have to, walk the few extra hundred yards to your climb. If the snow is falling, it's wise to not visit this area for safety reasons. Troopers are known to be easy to get along with for those who give them respect. Obey their minor requests and do not give all climbers a bad name. Beware of snowplows to include belaying! Many of the routes do not finish at the top of the cliffs and roadcuts, and rely on bolts for belay and rappell anchors. Be aware that these bolts have water running around them year round, and go through numerous freeze/thaw cycles every year. Be prepared to replace any questionable bolts, or find alternate anchors in the loose rock and gravelly ledges.
Nearest town or city: Anchorage
Directions: The Seward is the only highway going south out of Anchorage. As you leave town and start to drive along the incredibly scenic Turnagain Arm, you will see a truck weigh station. I will start the beta for each section with the MILE NO. from the weigh station, so be sure and look at your odometer when you pass it. This highway is also famous for multi-car accidents because every one is looking at the scenery and not the road. CAUTION!!! Always be careful in the winter months when climbing along the highway, the avalanche danger along Turnagain Arm is almost always HIGH.
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Camping: None
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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