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Jun
18
2017
The Watchman - North Ridge
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  

The Watchman is one of those peaks that hides in plain sight. Even though the peak is 6410', its proximity of other large peaks causes it to be easily overlooked. From afar it looks like little more than a sub-peak of Benign, even through technically it's a peak (as in there is 500' of prominence separating the summit from the actual summit of Benign), and lies over a mile from the true summit of Benign. That said, with neighbors like Benign, Bellicose, Bashful and the Mitre it's easy to understand why it's often overlooked.    ( Read more... )



Apr
17
2017
Finch / Eagle Glacier Tour
Trip Date: 04/17/17 - 04/21/17   Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: , eagleriver  

These photos are from a 5-day ski mountaineering trip with Eric Parsons on the Finch and Eagle glaciers in the Western Chugach / Chugach State Park. We climbed 5 peaks and had perfect weather, shin deep powder, bomb stability and excellent climbing conditions. A wonderful trip!   ( Read more... )



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
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
16
2015
Vertigo Peak (NW Face) & Mt. Soggy (SW Ridge)
Trip Date: 06/16/15 - 06/17/15   Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: 7000-footers, eagleriver  


Eric high on the SW ridge of Mount Soggy.

Photos from ascents of Vertigo Peak and Mount Soggy.   ( Read more... )



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

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



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... )



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

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




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... )




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