This is probably the most popular Seward Highway route because of its nearness to Anchorage and easy access. Scales is a 65 degree smear of ice that usually forms up quite thickly. After the slightly steeper bulge at about 40 feet, it eases off to a series of steps. There is an anchor about 20 feet above the bulge on the left, plus another anchor about 20 feet higher thatcan be used if the ice reaches near it. Occasionaly the Department of Transportation leaves the lights on and these two routes can be climbed at night!
Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-01-30
Route ID: 31590
I rate this climb at a 4 just for the fact that it is so easy to access from Anchorage. The climb itself is pretty fun..and having the road lights is awesome...however like all the Arm climbs the Road noise gets old FAST. Climbed it between 10PM and 12:30AM (When they shut off the lights on us). I would suggest climbing it then if feasible just because there are fewer cars. Bring a headlamp for fiddling with gear.
A good beginner lead for people who have lead rock before. The top run out can be a little heady for a true beginner.