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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: 1448 | 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: 1346 | 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: 1633 | Vote: 1 | 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: 1112 | Votes: 6 | 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: 1251 | Votes: 5 | 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: 867 | Votes: 3 | 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: 805 | Votes: 10 | 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: 874 | Votes: 57 | Comments: 19
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: 888 | Votes: 8 | Comment: 1
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: 1212 | Votes: 8 | Comments: 0
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: 746 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 2
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: 567 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 3
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: 596 | Votes: 6 | Comments: 4
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: 773 | 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: 1068 | Votes: 18 | Comments: 8
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: 1469 | Votes: 19 | Comments: 10
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: 840 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 4
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: 593 | 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: 984 | Votes: 9 | Comment: 1
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: 805 | Votes: 10 | Comment: 1
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: 656 | Votes: 13 | Comments: 4
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: 1255 | Votes: 23 | Comments: 14
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: 777 | Votes: 7 | Comments: 3
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: 657 | 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: 531 | Votes: 20 | Comments: 5
What I see on the way to work!

Average Rating = 4.15/5 What I see on the way to work!

This is a FAR AWAY (almost 200 miles) view of THE GREAT ONE! If the clouds or fog aren't in, this is my daily commute view when the sun is rising.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-13
Views: 500 | Votes: 27 | Comments: 15
The Obligatory Icy Butt Shot

Average Rating = 3.75/5 The Obligatory Icy Butt Shot

I don't have too many "butt" shots in my picture collection, so I figured I would throw this in for you. This is me near the top of Easy Money (WI3) on the Seward Highway. YOu can see how nice the ice was on this day, the route only lasted a couple more days after we climbed it. GLOBAL WARMING? This is January in ALASKA! 25 degrees and sunny!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-04
Views: 371 | Votes: 8 | Comments: 0

Average Rating = 3.58/5 "Pick" a line, any line...

One of those days where the ice is like plastic, hardly have to swing the tools at all, and it sticks with a satisfying THUNK! Doug Widdis climbing Easy Money(WI3) on the Seward Highway in late spring conditions, but it is in early January. Who said ALASKA was cold!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-04 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 467 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 4
Ice Bouldering near Beluga Point

Average Rating = 4.05/5 Ice Bouldering near Beluga Point

On yet another sunny Alaskan winter day, I drove down the Seward Highway looking for ice to climb. With the warm temperatures and southern aspect, it was getting mighty thin, but the ice was like plastic. Here I am bouldering a twenty foot pillar that was seperated from the rock by a few inches. I had to leave the area when rocks and ice from the cliff above began to rain down on me and the tourist who took the picture!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-03 | Last Modified: 2007-02-10
Views: 835 | Votes: 21 | Comments: 2
Polarwid pulling plastic ice

Average Rating = 3.60/5 Polarwid pulling plastic ice

This is yet another shot of Easy Money(WI3) along the Seward Highway. It was about 25 degrees and south facing, so this ice was ONE SWING, ONE STICK heaven. Rumor has it that this route fell down two days after this. WHEW!!!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-29
Views: 461 | Votes: 20 | Comments: 6
Todd over the bulge on Easy Money(WI3)

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Todd over the bulge on Easy Money(WI3)

Todd swingin' for that last stick before the gravel top out on Easy Money. You can see the Turnagain Arm in the background, the views from this area are incredible. It makes up for the fact that you have cars and trucks driving 10 feet away from your belayer and honking their horns to get your attention!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-28
Views: 408 | Votes: 15 | Comments: 5
Todd pulling the bulge on Easy Money(WI3)

Average Rating = 3.58/5 Todd pulling the bulge on Easy Money(WI3)

Here is Todd pulling the bulge to the ledge on Easy Money, one of the more consistently formed routes along the Seward Highway. Just a quarter mile down from Roadside Attraction, you usually don't have to stand in line for this one. At only 40 feet tall, and mostly vertical, it is a fun one to run laps on. The ice was plastic this day, with the southern exposure and almost 30 degree temps.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-28
Views: 430 | Votes: 13 | Comments: 2
Sunshine Ridge on a sunny winter day

Average Rating = 3.25/5 Sunshine Ridge on a sunny winter day

One of the better, and easier routes on the Seward Highway is Sunshine Ridge, a few hundred feet of 5.6 slabby rock with great exposure and incredible views. See the size of the telephone poles for the scale of this rare natural (non-roadcut) cliff along Turnagain Arm. It is a pleasant climb at anytime of the year, if the sun is out!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-28
Views: 526 | Votes: 4 | Comments: 3
Roadside Attraction (WI4)

Average Rating = 3.75/5 Roadside Attraction (WI4)

This is a guardrails view shot of Roadside Attraction, one of the most popular ice climbs in the Anchorage area, since it is only 1.5 miles from town. About 100 feet tall, it offers some sustained vertical near the bottom, and thins to a pillar near the top. This picture does not show it in good condition (half of it fell down the next day) due to a prolonged warm spell and its south facing exposure.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-28
Views: 345 | Votes: 9 | Comments: 0
Penguin Peak Reflected in Turnagain Arm

Average Rating = 3.83/5 Penguin Peak Reflected in Turnagain Arm

The incredible beauty of the scenery in the Turnagain Arm makes dealing with the road noise and hazards worth it. This is Penguin Peak (4334 ft.) on a beautiful warm winter day. You can see views like this every direction you look in this incredibly scenic area.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-27
Views: 517 | Votes: 18 | Comments: 5
Polarwid practicing rope management

Average Rating = 3.54/5 Polarwid practicing rope management

When climbing along the Seward Highway, the cars drive past at 60 MPH about 10 feet behind you. Besides making it hard to communicate with your partner, you have to watch your rope and climbing gear to keep it out of the road. I am pulling the rope away from the road after I rappelled off of Easy Money (WI3).
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-27
Views: 469 | Votes: 13 | Comments: 5
Brian and Todd on Easy Money (WI3)

Average Rating = 3.80/5 Brian and Todd on Easy Money (WI3)

This is Brian (climbing) and Todd (belaying) on a short roadside climb called Easy Money. You can see how close to the road the Seward Highway climbs are, so be careful what you knock off the routes. Then again, half the cars and trucks honk their horns when they drive by, so it could be considered revenge!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-30 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 496 | Votes: 10 | Comments: 0
Brian on Easy Money (WI3)

Average Rating = 3.58/5 Brian on Easy Money (WI3)

This is Easy Money, a short ice climb along the Seward Highway. It was quite a warm winter day (25 above), so pieces of the route and the cliff above were falling off as we climbed. Brian and Todd were nice enough to let me climb with them when my partners backed out to watch the SUPER BOWL. The ice was nice and plastic, but the two inches of air between the rock and the ice was a little disconcerting.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-27 | Last Modified: 2007-05-24
Views: 375 | Votes: 12 | Comments: 0
Redoubt Volcano across Cook Inlet

Average Rating = 4.04/5 Redoubt Volcano across Cook Inlet

Ice climbing on Super Bowl Sunday, I turned around as the sun set and caught this view of Redoubt Volcano (10,194 ft.) across Cook Inlet. This peak is over 100 miles away, so you can appreciate its size. It last erupted in 1989-1990, but has settled down since, and offers alpine climbing and an AWESOME ski trip down.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-27
Views: 715 | Votes: 25 | Comments: 15
The Big Three from Hiland Mountain

Average Rating = 3.45/5 The Big Three from Hiland Mountain

Taken at sunrise (around 10:30AM) on a short Alaskan winter day, this picture highlights the sheer size of the peaks in the Alaska Range. Foraker on the left, Hunter in the middle, and the incredible mass of Denali on the right. These peaks are over 150 miles away as the crow flies.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-17
Views: 372 | Votes: 11 | Comments: 2
Cumulus Mountain in the Arctic Sunshine

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Cumulus Mountain in the Arctic Sunshine

Cumulus Mountain (5,815 feet) is often overlooked as an alpine climbing summit in the Eagle River Valley, even though it dominates most views from the west. Once you have passed it heading up the valley, you see the summits of Yukla, Kiliak and Polar Bear dominating the skyline and forget this large and classic peak in front.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-14
Views: 564 | Votes: 11 | Comments: 4
Eagle River Valley in Winter

Average Rating = 3.70/5 Eagle River Valley in Winter

This is the glacier carved valley of Eagle River. The peaks framing the head of the valley are between 5000 and 7000 feet tall, with a base elevation of less than 500 to 1000 feet. These are mountains on an Alpine scale just a few miles from the trailhead. Countless ridges and faces await the visitor looking for a first ascent. From left to right are the peaks of Kiliak, a false summit of Yukla, Roost Peak (in the clouds way up the valley), Polar Bear, Eagle, and Hurdygurdy.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-10
Views: 542 | Votes: 11 | Comment: 1
Roost Peak Through the Winter Mist

Average Rating = 3.82/5 Roost Peak Through the Winter Mist

This is the peak of Roost Peak, shining through the ice fog on a -7F winter solstice. Sitting at the head of Eagle Glacier, it is well worth the trip up the glacier to climb this or any of the surrounding peaks. A true Alaskan climbing experience only 20 miles from civilization.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-05
Views: 476 | Votes: 11 | Comment: 1
Polar Bear Peak in Winter

Average Rating = 3.27/5 Polar Bear Peak in Winter

I took this shot of Polar Bear Peak from across the valley in the Mile High Saddle. The vertical wall on the left end of the ridge coming down from the lower peak is unclimbed and almost 2500 feet tall. Vertical relief from riverbed to summit is almost 6000 feet.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-01
Views: 393 | Votes: 11 | Comment: 1
My Valley, My Home

Average Rating = 4.00/5 My Valley, My Home

This was taken on the shortest day of the year, when the sun rose at 10:30AM and set at 3:30PM. I went on a hike/climb through Mile High Saddle, and just before I reached tree line, I turned and saw this incredible view up the valley behind me. The base of this glacial carved valley is about 500 feet above sea level, while the summits you see are between 6000 and 7000 feet tall. Hows that for vertical relief? That is Polar Bear Peak on the right with the pointed summit.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-12-31
Views: 427 | Votes: 15 | Comment: 1
Polarwid goes Foops!

Average Rating = 3.95/5 Polarwid goes Foops!

This is a series of pictures taken in 1987 of Doug Widdis climbing Foops (5.11) at Skytop, an unfortunately now closed cliff at the Shawangunks in New York.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-11-16 | Last Modified: 2007-04-18
Views: 1634 | Votes: 22 | Comments: 6
One legged Climber at the Gunks

Average Rating = 2.80/5 One legged Climber at the Gunks

This is me climbing on a top rope. Just thought it was funny because my left leg is completly inside the overhanging offwidth, so it looks like I have one leg. The are good handholds inside the crack, so it is not too hard.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-11-12
Views: 1170 | Votes: 5 | Comments: 3
Adult Content

Average Rating = 4.37/5 Shockley's Ceiling the Dick Williams Way

To climb the 5.6 classic on the Trapps in the Gunks the classic way, you must leave your clothes at the base and ascend it in your harness only! This is Christopher Spatz on the "ceiling" as Dick Williams did it in the classic Vulgarian picture from the 1960s.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-11-11 | Last Modified: 2007-04-13
Views: 2312 | Votes: 40 | Comments: 27
Polarwid solo on Owl's Head

Average Rating = 3.22/5 Polarwid solo on Owl's Head

This is another shot of me soloing a 5.6 crack climb at Owl's Head in the Adirondacks of New York. This area is popular with the local guides teaching climbing classes, so there are always top ropes set up all over this very scenic cliff.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-11-10
Views: 1019 | Votes: 9 | Comments: 8
Sunbeams on Turnagain Arm

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Sunbeams on Turnagain Arm

This is another shot of the beautiful views from the Seward Highway. The sunbeams on Alpenglow Peak on the Kenai Peninsula were absolutely breathtaking.
Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-11-10
Views: 368 | Votes: 11 | Comment: 1
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