2021 Seward Highway Cleanup! June 5th, 10am-6pm

Come join the Climbers Alliance for our annual Seward Highway Cleanup! Every year climbers get together to clean up the crags along the Seward Highway. Most of this trash may not be from climbers, but by cleaning it up in good faith, we help maintain clean crag and recreational areas for everyone.

We will also be doing trail work, including revegetation and erosion control, on the trail to Glak’s Place. As traffic increases at this highly accessible and fun highway crag, we want to make sure that our impact on the land is minimal.

We’ll be there all day, so stop by when you can! Park at Sunshine Ridge and we’ll provide the gloves and bags. See you there!

To all of our climber friends:

As Anchorage now has confirmed community spread of the COVID-19 virus, practicing safe social distancing and following the instructions of the government and health care workers is more important than ever in our community.   

The Anchorage Mayor has issued a “Hunker Down” order  (EO-3) indicating that:  “Everyone in the municipality of Anchorage should stay home as much as possible, except to (…), and to get fresh air without contacting others.  On the limited occasions when individuals leave home, they should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any person outside their household whenever possible. …” (FAQ on that order here)

There is a great disparity in how people view the issue and how seriously they are treating it. I don’t know the right response. What I do know is that we SHOULD take this seriously for at least the next 2-3 weeks, and possibly for much much longer. The risk present is worth being careful. So what does being careful mean?  Does it mean not going climbing at all? That is up to you to decide within the confines of the law, but here are a few ways to make going as safe as possible. 

#1 Wash your hands and bring hand sanitizer with you.  Use it before and after climbing. 

#2 Climb with members of your household or with a single partner.  No social climbing groups.  

#3 If there are other people in the area you were intending to climb, go somewhere else. 

#4 If you go somewhere that you find others have been or you unexpectedly come in contact with someone outside your household, self isolate afterward. The CDC recommends a quarantine period of 14 days from the last date of exposure for Corona viruses. Symptoms should generally show by that timeframe. If you show symptoms or a positive test in that window, SHARE that information. There are multiple online forums to share it, and if you’re worried about being shamed online, contact me and I’ll post it anonymously. People need to know!!!

#5 Be safe.  As in be far safer and risk averse than normal. This applies to driving, the approach, the climbs you choose, etc. The healthcare system as a whole is about to be overwhelmed. Don’t add to it. 

#6 Don’t post about it. It’s important for all of us to maintain our sanity, but posting pictures and videos without context leads to misinformation. Others may assume the wrong thing.  While part of that is on them, part of it is on you. Just don’t post it!!!!!! 

Our climbing community here in Anchorage is unique in that we have a small enough crag/climber ratio that we can climb and still practice social distancing.  Throughout so much of the country this is not possible, and climbing has become a health rick in those areas prompting shutdowns and response from authorities.  We hope that by the end of this pandemic, the climbers in Anchorage and Alaska can be proud that they took the proper precautions to not amplify the impact of this virus.   

Thank you for reading this and I’m confident that we all get through this together. 

Todd Helgeson
President
Climbers Alliance of Southcentral Alaska

2019 Spring Cleaning in Archangel Valley

Well the weather was average, but the people were excellent! Thanks to everybody who showed up for the Archangel Road cleanup yesterday in Hatcher Pass! The climbers in this community are top-notch, we even had a couple who showed up and hauled out a whole pickup full of trash before they learned there was an organized cleanup going on!

Oh, and the other important news: Archangel Road is open! Have fun out there everyone.

2019 Archangel Road Spring Cleaning

CASA is hosting a spring cleanup along the length of Archangel Road! Bring yourself and some decent work clothes and help clean up the winter’s accumulated litter and debris. We’ll be meeting up at noon on June 8th at the Archangel Road pulloff on Fishhook Road, and deploying groups up the length of Archangel Road. CASA will provide trash bags and gloves and vehicle trash hauling, so all we need from you are ready hands and smiling faces! Contact us if you have questions, and we hope to see you there.

2019 Seward Highway Spring Cleaning!

Join us on April 27th, 2019 for a day of cleaning up trash at some of the popular climbing areas on the Seward Highway.

We will meet at 10:00am at Sunshine Ridge and smaller groups will be assigned to other areas. We will provide bags and gloves.

Monolith Trailwork Success!

We had an amazing turnout for this trail renovation and base stabilization project at The Monolith in Hatcher Pass. Many thanks to the State Parks and the land owner, as well as the Alaska Rock Gym, Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking (AMH), Black Diamond, the Access Fund, and last but definitely not least all of the awesome volunteers who showed up to move heavy stuff around on steep slopes! With everybody in this together we managed to make some changes and hopefully really reduce the negative impacts of climbers at this super popular crag.

Check out the photos on facebook here!

August 18th – 19th Monolith Trailwork

Calling all Alaskan climbers! We need your help for a volunteer trail day at The Monolith in Hatcher Pass on August 18th and 19th. The two goals for this project will be addressing haphazardly developed trails and fixing the erosion that has been getting worse at the bases of a couple of our community’s favorite climbs. Bring your work gloves and work clothes, and maybe even a little climbing gear, and come help climbing have a positive impact on the Monolith! Sign up by e-mail to climbersallianceak@gmail.com or at the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/814062365464158/

A Good Deed

Huge shout out to the climber who took the time and got wet to clean all the debris out of the culvert on Archangel Road! Their efforts stopped the erosion that has been going on this spring as the water ran over the road instead of under, just like it used to not so long ago when this stretch was one of the cruxes on the drive in. This is the kind of stuff we like to see! The road is still closed for now, but the opening has to be getting close! See you out there!

May 5th Seward Highway Cleanup

Thanks to the 21 folks who showed up to the Seward Highway clean up over the Cinco De Mayo weekend! We were able to hit sunshine ridge, party world, goats head, weeping wall, pivot point, crack in the woods, tree fort, Bermuda Triangle and spring fling, and cleaned up about fifteen bags of trash and a bunch of assorted big junk!