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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... )



Jun
03
2016
Mt. Shuksan (Sulphide Glacier) & Mt. Baker (North Ridge)
Trip Date: 06/03/16 - 06/07/16   Posted in Washington & Mountaineering   

Photos from a week of climbing in the North Cascades with ascent of the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan and the North Ridge of Mt. Baker.   ( Read more... )



Aug
12
2015
Triplemint - Southwest Face
Trip Date: 08/12/15 - 08/13/15   Posted in Talkeetna Range & Mountaineering    Tags: hatcher  


Jake on the SW Face of Triplemint.


Jake on the SE Face of Montana.

Photos for an August ascent of Triplemint Peak in the Talkeetna Mountains. Also some some photos and notes from Montana Peak.   ( 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... )



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... )



Jul
20
2014
Mount Beelzebub - Northeast Ridge
Trip Date: 07/20/14 - 07/22/14   Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: 7000-footers, 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... )



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... )



Aug
06
2013
Accessing the Eklutna Glacier
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: eklutna  


Eric approaching the Eklutna July 2013. Note the rock glacier and gully.

...then the fun started. What in May had been a simple skin now required a traverse across a shifting groaning rock glacier. The traverse started with a jog across the Bellicose/Benign gully to a safe-enough zone where we transitioned from sneakers to mountain boots. Then up and across the rock glacier which consisted of glacier ice covered with mud and rock that shifted with every step. It should be mentioned that above the rock glacier is wall of loose rock that is routinely shedding the ubiquitous microwave-sized block...   ( Read more... )




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