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Feb
07
2015
Aspen Snow & Ouray Ice
Trip Date: 02/07/15 - 02/20/15   Posted in Colorado & Ice Climbing   

Our winter sucks so my wife gave me a choice: Hawaii or Colorado... I chose to go find winter.   ( Read more... )



Feb
01
2015
Big Chief
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: accidents, turnagain  


Eric down the East Ridge of Big Chief.

With good reports filtering in from all over our objective in mind was Big Chief. Of course we wanted to ski the north face - which is everyone's objective when heading back there - but knowing coverage was pretty thin we all kept open minds and knew we had options should the route not go.   ( Read more... )



Jul
04
2014
Kesugi Ridge
Trip Date: 07/04/14 - 07/06/14   Posted in Talkeetna Range & Trekking    Tags: family  

Photos and thoughts from a July 4th hike across Kesugi Ridge with dogs and children and giant backpacks.   ( Read more... )



Sep
25
2014
Benign Peak - Southeast Gully
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  


On the summit of Benign.

Benign Peak, at 7235', is one of the 21 7,000' summits in Chugach State Park and one of the few 7,000' summits you can do in a day.    ( Read more... )



Jul
20
2014
Mount Beelzebub - Northeast Ridge
Trip Date: 07/20/14 - 07/22/14   Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  


On the summit of Beelzebub.

We got there easy enough: 7 hours to our base camp at Blue Eyed Lake through devils club, cow parsnip and fireweed that towered over the head, muddy steep alder tunnels and up and down 2000' of scree and snow to a secluded lake where we got some much needed sleep. Then up and over Inferno Pass which lies tucked into the shadow of Devils Mistress, down the West Fork of the Eklutna, curling around to a final glacier headwall full of crevasses that we kept punching though, up a steep loose rock gully that shed torso size boulders with little effort, and up steep scree until we were finally standing on a platform looking at a buttress of rock that was not going to let us easily pass.    ( Read more... )



Jun
15
2014
60 Miles at 60: Nabesna Glacier to Copper Glacier
Trip Date: 06/15/14 - 06/21/14   Posted in Wrangell Mountains & Trekking   


The East and West summits of Mt. Jarvis on a perfect morning.


My oldest brother, John, was turning 60 and wanted an Alaska adventure so I started planning...   ( Read more... )




Suicide Tour! From the Indian trailhead up Powerline trail to the east slopes of Homicide. Across to the base of the NE couloir of North Suicide. Up the NE couloir to the top of North Suicide, down to Windy Gap, up South Suicide, down Falls Creek and a hitchhike down the Seward highway.

 Steep snow, some rock, lots of choss and lots of scree slogging.   ( Read more... )



May
02
2014
On skiing and stiches
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: frontrange  


10 hours before the party and 24 hours before the doctor, Todd and I were walking up a valley with skis and boots strapped to our backs. We walked 5 miles before we transitioned to skis and even then we only got to ski at most 2 miles before transitioning back to boots. We were at the top of the run around noon and collapsed in the 70-degree sun. The snow on southern aspects had already gone completely isothermal and Anchorage lay covered in a thick coat of Chinese smog.   ( Read more... )




It was the winter of '98 and I had already been in Alaska for two years when I finally decided it was time to learn to ski. I bought skis, boots, bindings - the whole package - and I started the weekend pilgrimage to Turnagain Pass. 15+ years ago the Pass was a different place. There were all of 30 skiers who frequented the place and everyone knew everyone. I started showing up and within a few weeks the long time cadre of local skiers took me under their collective wings.   ( Read more... )



Jul
10
1999
Squamish Bob
Trip Date: 07/10/99 - 07/17/99   Posted in Coastal Range & Rock Climbing    Tags: 99roadtrip  

The gift was causing me to slip away. Bob had given us a look into the life of a dreamer who had abandoned all to live in the present. This is the life he was offering - a life outside of the dull realities of work, taxes, family and debt. A life where the days blend into one, where the only reality is the present and the voices calling out from your past are bottled, buried and forgotten. A life alone where the realm of caring is pushed into a forgotten zone and the only thing that matters is the next sunny spell when you can escape into the mountains, your passion inching upwards while tethered to the earth with a thin rope...   ( Read more... )




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