July 17, 2009

Tatlanika and Rock Creek Bouldering Tour

Wendy and I headed out to explore the bouldering areas of Tatlanika and Rock Creek along the Parks Highway the last couple of days. There is a lot of excellent rock in the area, far more than I imagined. Much of it is undeveloped, but Tom Ellis and others have put in a lot of work cleaning and developing many boulders. The rock is quite monolithic, with few features and often small footholds. We had a great time exploring and got on a lot of different problems. Neither of us sent anything personally difficult.

Above: Wendy trying to decide whether to commit on Welcome Home (VO) on the Welcome Boulder in the Tatlanika boulders (Parks Hwy MP 272).







Left: The nice-looking harder problem Darth Mal (V7) on an unnamed boulder at Tatlanika.




















Right: A cool dihedral project (?) on the Highballs Boulder in Tatlanika.










Left: Another cool looking project (?) on the Highballs Boulder.












Right: Topping out on a fun problem on the Welcome Boulder at Rock Creek (Parks Hwy MP 261).

4 comments:

  1. Ha ha cool - I spent a few sessions in there with Tom or Frank Olive. Nice little reminder. Maybe you have already, but check out the little limestone outcrop about 2 miles off the Parks on the Denali Hway. Super wicked 12a/b ? and incomplete proj. And the bouldering between the river and the Parks just north of Parorama is sweet. some big boulders in there. Enjoy!

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  2. Hey Dan, thanks. I LOVE the Tatlanika boulders and am hoping my fingers are a little stronger this year so I can send some cool stuff. I am also excited about the boulders across the river at mile 220 and interested in checking out the Byers Lake granite bouldering too. I will only be around for about 4 weeks of the summer, but perhaps we should get out?

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  3. Hey I am glad you found the area and were able to have a good time. If you want to hook up this summer and climb let me know. Tom Ellis 505-508-7953. I will be around from may 20th to sept 28th.

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  4. Hey Tom, thanks for the comment. Funny the only post getting comments on an 'alpine' themed page is the one on bouldering. Look forward to hooking up. I will be around Fairbanks June 10-21st, August 1-18, and August 23-onward. Sam 907-fivetwonine-6728

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