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Mike firing up Firewoman

Average Rating = 3.44/5 Mike firing up Firewoman

Cool movement on a cool problem with the cool temperatures at Boat Rock in Atlanta in the winter. Mike cruising up Firewoman on one of the smaller boulders in the area. Did I mention how cool it was?
Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-06-01 | Last Modified: 2007-02-26
Views: 1458 | Votes: 9 | Comments: 6
Friction Slab

Average Rating = 3.14/5 Friction Slab

A nice shot of Mike on the picturesque Friction Slab warm-up problem near the Beam Me Up section of Boat Rock.

Boat Rock in the winter...no bugs, awesome friction, and great views of the lake unobstructed by the trees and vines...pretty close to perfect!

Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-06-01 | Last Modified: 2007-04-18
Views: 1353 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 0
Beam Me Up, Scotty (5.10+ or V2ish)

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Beam Me Up, Scotty (5.10+ or V2ish)

This is the classic overhung, flaring, cheese-grater crack that is the namesake for this section of boulders at Boat Rock near Atlanta. It has repeled many V-Hard boulderers that just don't know how to jam, a critical skill on this problem!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-03-09
Views: 1638 | Vote: 1 | Comments: 0
Paint Can Boulder

Average Rating = 2.67/5 Paint Can Boulder

This is the Paint Can Boulder at Boat Rock, Georgia...
Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-03-08
Views: 878 | Votes: 3 | Comments: 0
Tourist Route (V2)

Average Rating = 3.20/5 Tourist Route (V2)

John Maldonado onsights the Tourist Route during a visit to Boat Rock. Classic granite friction slabs abound in this urban bouldering paradise...
Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-03-08
Views: 1260 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 0
John on Waves In Motion (V3)

Average Rating = 3.33/5 John on Waves In Motion (V3)

John Maldonado balances his way up this Boat Rock slab classic. Winter temps and late evening sun made for a great session.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2005-03-08 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 1119 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 0
Alpenglow in the Garden...

Average Rating = 3.40/5 Alpenglow in the Garden...

Caught this shot of Kindergarden Rock and Keyhole Rock while showing my family the overly touristy Balanced Rock and Steamboat Rock on a "climbless" vacation to Colorado...at least the moon was full!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2004-12-31
Views: 809 | Votes: 10 | Comment: 1
Lower Diamond in the summer

Average Rating = 2.88/5 Lower Diamond in the summer

This is a shot of the Lower Diamond from the road. If you look closely, you can see a couple of climbers at the base of Toto (5.7), the central crack system on the face. There is also a difficult to see blue speck that is the lead climber about 75 feet up the route. The white rock (not snow), is from a recent rockfall (last ten years) from the ridge behind the Diamond.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-09-10
Views: 894 | Votes: 8 | Comment: 1
Summer Solstice Sunset

Average Rating = 4.28/5 Summer Solstice Sunset

HEY JODY! Finally took a shot like yours!!! One of my last nights in the beautiful Eagle River Valley before I moved to Georgia, I hiked the Crow Creek Trail. I was almost finished (two miles from the end of a 28 mile hike) when I realized that it was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. This was taken at about 2:00AM. Yes, two in the morning, looking west down the Eagle River Valley from a beaver pond near the base of Eagle Peak. I am going to miss these awesome sights that I grew so used to!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-09-10 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 878 | Votes: 57 | Comments: 19
Coldclimb on the Monolith

Average Rating = 3.43/5 Coldclimb on the Monolith

This is John Borland (coldclimb) on a fun little 5.10 face we top-roped during the Alaska RC.com gathering. It was good to finally climb with another member besides Micah. Thanks for hauling me up there and catching me John...
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-06-25
Views: 750 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 2
Monolith from the end of the road...

Average Rating = 2.75/5 Monolith from the end of the road...

This is a shot of the Monolith in Hatcher Pass from the end of the road up Archangel Valley. A quick walk up the road past the gate brings you to the base of the easiest accessed crag in the Pass. The white dot is a climber on Center Slab Left (5.9).
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-06-25
Views: 1216 | Votes: 8 | Comments: 0
O'Malley from A-Rage

Average Rating = 3.83/5 O'Malley from A-Rage

This is a view of the sharp summit of O'Malley Peak from Anchorage. There are some great alpine routes on this peak, and the winter mountaineering is great, only 5 miles from the city.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-06-19
Views: 600 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 4
The Most Climbed Peak in Alaska

Average Rating = 3.20/5 The Most Climbed Peak in Alaska

This is Flat Top. Ascended by tourists and Alaskans by a 1.5 mile trail, the views from the top are almost worth the crowds. The winter mountaineering on the couloirs is great practice for the bigger stuff, but the avy danger is usually very high.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-06-19
Views: 572 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 3
West Face of Eagle Peak (6995 ft.)

Average Rating = 3.67/5 West Face of Eagle Peak (6995 ft.)

The West Face of Eagle Peak rises over 6,000 feet straight up from the banks of Eagle River. A couple of partial lines on the face have been climbed from the sides, but the direct face still awaits a first ascent. The snow flutings, cornices and avy danger keep most winter mountaineers of of the face, and the chossy rock underneath is unclimbable when the snow melts. This picture was taken from the Eagle River Nature Center on May 21st.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-06-04
Views: 778 | Votes: 18 | Comments: 4
Pioneer Peak, a Valley landmark

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Pioneer Peak, a Valley landmark

This is the West Face of Pioneer Peak from the junction of the Parks and Glenn Highways. This peak dominates the view from just about anywhere in the Palmer/Wasilla area. There are some nice Alpine routes on the North and West Faces, but you must be willing to wait for the inevitable avalanches to run their course before attempting them!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-04-05
Views: 1074 | Votes: 18 | Comments: 8
Cathedral Spires and the Triple Peaks from far, far away...

Average Rating = 3.50/5 Cathedral Spires and the Triple Peaks from far, far away...

This is a distant view of the always stormy Cathedral Spires and the Triple Peaks area. Situated at a low spot in the Alaska Range, the clash of warm, moist air from the south and cold, dry air from the north produces months where climbing may be possible for 3 days, and that is a GOOD MONTH! The clouds in the area lifted just long enough for me to snap this picture from the Parks Highway just north of Talkeetna and the Petersville Road.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-25
Views: 846 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 4
Goat Rocks, the Twin Peaks,  and Mount POW/MIA

Average Rating = 3.84/5 Goat Rocks, the Twin Peaks, and Mount POW/MIA

This is the view of (L to R) of the Twin Peaks, Goat Rocks and Mount POW/MIA from the Veteran's Wall of Honor in Wasilla, Alaska. The flat topped peak on the right is the only place in the United States that the USGS has named for those who have served their country and paid the price.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-25 | Last Modified: 2007-10-17
Views: 1479 | Votes: 19 | Comments: 10
Southwest Face of Kiliak from Rapids Camp

Average Rating = 3.64/5 Southwest Face of Kiliak from Rapids Camp

This is Mount Kiliak (7,450 feet) from Rapids Camp. Rarely ascended, but possessing some awesome alpine lines on the west face, this peak towers over 6,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of several alpine objectives less than five miles from the Eagle River Valley trailhead to the Chugach State Park. You can see Yukla Peak just peeking over the south ridge of Mount Kiliak.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-17
Views: 596 | Votes: 11 | Comment: 1
Yukla from Rapids Camp

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Yukla from Rapids Camp

This is a view of the tallest peak in the Eagle River drainage. The summit of Yukla Peak (7,535 ft.) peeks over the shoulder of Mount Kiliak. The vertical gain from this point to the summit is almost 7,000 feet. The point on the right is over 5,800 feet tall, which makes it a pretty hefty objective on its own!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-16
Views: 991 | Votes: 9 | Comment: 1
Echo Bend Ice

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Echo Bend Ice

The ice climbs across Eagle River from Echo Bend stand out well in this picture taken from the Rapids Camp Yurt on March 10th, 2003. This is the first time in anyone's memory that there has been NO SNOW in the valley at this time of year! You can see that the snow line is up above 2000 feet in this picture, which means no avalanche hazard, but these routes have enough trees around them anyway to minimize the risk.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-10
Views: 784 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 3
Polar Bear Pyramid

Average Rating = 4.23/5 Polar Bear Pyramid

This is a close up view of the summit pyramid of Polar Bear Peak in the Eagle River Valley. Even though it only just over 6,500 feet high, the vertical gain of 6,000 feet from its base makes it a true alpine objective, and it is only five miles from the trailhead, a rare bonus in ALASKA!!!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-10
Views: 1263 | Votes: 23 | Comments: 14
Are you sick of this peak yet?

Average Rating = 3.85/5 Are you sick of this peak yet?

Yet another shot of the most photogenic peak in the Eagle River Valley. Rising over 6,000 feet from base to summit is Polar Bear Peak, so named for the hanging glacier on the summit pyramid that looks like a polar bear rug in the summer. Only two or three routes have been completed on this difficult to reach summit, many lines still await the bold or adventurous climber.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-10 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 661 | Votes: 13 | Comments: 4
The North Face of Hurdygurdy

Average Rating = 3.70/5 The North Face of Hurdygurdy

Funny name, but a tough little peak. If the avalanches don't get you on the north face, the bad rock and gendarmes on the east and west ridges will. There are some nice ice climbing routes on the lower north side, though.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-10
Views: 815 | Votes: 10 | Comment: 1
Dead End near Beluga Point

Average Rating = 3.42/5 Dead End near Beluga Point

While waiting for my partner to show up along the Seward Highway, I bouldered and soloed some ice along the way. I kept getting to the top of this flow, but did not have the cajones to move to either side and continue...then half of the flow broke off below me, and I had to downclimb the mixed choss anyway!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-03-04
Views: 659 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 3
Sunset on the Seward

Average Rating = 3.80/5 Sunset on the Seward

After a beautiful sunny day climbing the ice along the Seward Highway, it is time to wrap it up. Inspired by Jody Langford's sunset shots, I had to take this one.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-15
Views: 534 | Votes: 20 | Comments: 5
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