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Feb
18
2017
South Fork to Glen Alps x2
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking   

I've been here over 20 years but I had never taken the time to walk from the South Fork Eagle River to Glen Alps. This September I packed an overnight bag and trekked to Glen Alps via a route past Concerto / Tailfeater / The Sail / Ship Pass. Six months later I skied from South Fork to Hilltop via Hunter Pass / Williwaw-Koktoya Col / Middle Fork. Two great trips.    ( Read more... )




Looking towards Crow Pass from Paradise Peak on a beautiful September Day. The mountain center left is the West face of Rook Mountain.

Notes and photos from 3 early fall days of scrambling around the peaks west of Crow Pass.    ( 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... )



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

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



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... )



Aug
25
2012
Jewel Mountain
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: dogs  


Beautiful weather and a day on Jewel Mountain.   ( Read more... )



Between weather, work and planning for our July trip I did not get out much this past spring. The few times I did get out it was for a quick jaunt up something in the Frontrange... more specifically - for yet another quick hike up Flattop, Peak 2, Peak 3, Peak 4 - or all of the above. At least I made an effort to carry my big camera along the way and focus on taking pictures of our backyard. Click through for more photos.   ( Read more... )



Mar
30
2012
A trip to the desert
Trip Date: 03/30/12 - 04/08/12   Posted in Utah & Trekking    Tags: packraft  

South for a week of work. And since I'm leaving Alaska I coordinate with friends who live nearby. By chance an old high school friend, Tim Stubbs, happens to live in the same town as my client. So I make the arrangements, board the red eye and fly south reaching Southwest Colorado in mid afternoon. We start driving west right way. It's dark when we get to our campsite but I can see faint outlines of desert towers jutting into the stars. Warm desert rock and dust and stars. I sleep out in the open but it's hard to close the eyes when the stars are so bright.

Morning comes and I awake to the blood red landscape that is Valley of the Gods. Sandstone towers jut three hundred feet into the sky surrounded by sand and rock. Abbey country. We drink coffee and soak in the surreal view. I have never been to this part of the country and my visit is over due. The slickrock and towers permeate the senses similar to the way big mountains do.   ( Read more... )



Dec
31
2011
Mt. Philo
Trip Date: 12/31/11 - 01/31/12   Posted in Vermont & Trekking   

Better pix after the jump.   ( Read more... )




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