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May
29
2015
Baneful Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  

...Anywhere else in Chugach State Park, Baneful Peak at 5,495', would be a worthy objective - but when dwarfed by 6,000', 7,000' and 8,000' peaks like Bashful, Baleful and The Mitre, it seems trivial and hardly worth the effort. And so we halfheartedly started our scramble up the grassy tundra slopes just above treeline. However - within a couple hundred feet the ridge quickly transformed from a tundra stroll to an exposed 3rd class scramble as we gained elevation. The north side of the ridge was a 1500' cliff to our left - and the south side of the ridge was a 4000' steep slope on our right. We scrambled on - every step of the way becoming a little more intricate and interesting.    ( Read more... )



Jun
29
2015
Beartooth High Lakes Traverse
Trip Date: 06/29/15 - 07/03/15   Posted in Montana & Trekking    Tags: family, john-trips  

... Our route first climbed to Albino Lake where we set up our tents near the lakeshore. West of camp was an easy route up the south ridge of Lonesome Mountain (11,399') and we spent a layover day taking turns hiking up the south ridge for a great view of the high lakes region. We followed this up with a short move over a pass to Jasper Lake where we camped in-between Jasper and Golden lakes and scrambled up the south ridge of Spirit Mountain (12,283'). This in turn was followed by a long day across the high lakes plateau to a buggy camp at Renee Lake followed by a casual walk out a nice trail. The hiking was quite pleasant and the fishing was excellent...    ( Read more... )



May
19
2015
Goat Rock
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  


Notes and photos from a fun day on Goat Rock.   ( Read more... )



Jun
07
2015
Penguin Ridge
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: anchorage-classics, turnagainarm  

Notes and photos from Penguin Ridge.   ( Read more... )



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    Tags: john-trips  


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... )




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