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A spectacular peak from all directions, Rook Mountain lies North and 2000' above Raven Glacier. There is no easy route to the summit which makes it a worthy objective that you must plan for in terms of weather, conditions and route. It's a mountain I've been staring at for 10+ years waiting for the right combination of good snow conditions and solid partners and I've spent many a day walking or skiing past, looking up and waiting.    ( 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... )



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... )




Ptarmigan North Couloir. Photo by Eric Parsons.

Sunday was one of those perfect days ...   ( 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... )



Mar
08
2014
Pinnacle Tour
Posted in Talkeetna Range & Skiing    Tags: avalanche, hatcher  


A few seconds later he rolled out of view and I slid into the couloir so I could spot; not 2 seconds later I heard the deep whumpf of collapsing snow. Instantly alert, I looked down to see a powder cloud shooting out into the valley...   ( Read more... )



Apr
28
2013
Explorer Peak
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, cam, portage, turnagainarm  


The West Ridge of Explorer Peak ascends the skyline.

Every now and then we get that long period of high pressure where everything rocks. The temps are decent, the snow is beautiful, stability is good. Then the winds come and everything goes to hell. Windslab creeps across the ridgetops and where there isn't windslab there's pure ice. Runs look good from afar but once you're in them you start actually thinking about things like home projects and ice climbing.

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Apr
20
2013
Thin White Mank
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, rants  

Ignoring tradition, history and local ethics we vow to rename this route. From henceforth it will be called Thin White Mank.   ( Read more... )



Apr
05
2013
Falls Lake Couloir
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, cam, turnagainarm  


Todd exiting Falls Lake Couloir.

Falls Lake couloir looked beautiful and untouched. So up and up the perfect splitter couloir to the ridge. Then down boot deep powder and heavy sluff to the valley floor and sun.   ( Read more... )



Apr
04
2013
April Couloirs
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, turnagainarm  


Photo by Eric Parsons.

Tis the season for post-work couloir skiing. Get up early, work till 3 or 4, ski hard till 7 or 8. Eat, sleep, and repeat.   ( Read more... )




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