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Jul
21
2011
Penguin Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: csp-plan, dogs, turnagainarm  

Nights like this are why we all love this place we call home.   ( Read more... )



Sep
11
2010
Ram to Eklutna
Trip Date: 09/11/10 - 09/12/10   Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: eklutna, peters, ram  

Up from Ram Valley to the ridge E of Significant.  Up Peak 5320'.  Down and up again to the bumb NW of Peeking.  Down to Peters Creek.  Up to the base of the W. Ridge of Bees Heaven for some sleep.  Up the W. Ridge of Bees Heaven then down the East ridge then up the long ridge to Thunderbird Peak.  Then down the loooonnng ridge to the spillway across Eklutna Lake.  21 miles, 12K vert.  And although Kim Gordon doesn't necessarily conjure images of pastoral Chugach ridge walks - her screams generally keep me going for hours... thus the music.



Sep
11
2010
Ram to Eklunta
Trip Date: 09/11/10 - 09/12/10   Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: access, eklutna, peters, ram  


On Thunderbird Ridge

These are old pictures from a trip that Yvonne, Eric and I did on September 11-12, 2010. I put up a video a couple years ago but never edited the photos, but since it's been an Eklutna summer I decided to go through them and post some of the better ones.   ( Read more... )



Jul
11
2010
Temptation Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: frontrange  

In case you don't remember, we had a pretty awful summer this year: 30 days straight of rain and gloomy weather. Climbing plans were pretty much shelved in exchange for boating, fishing and a short quick jaunt up Flattop in-between and during showers.

So when the forecast called for somewhat reasonably clear and sunny skies we opted to hike in and try Temptation Peak. Temptation is one of the 12 5000' peaks in the Chugach Front Range and was the last 5000' Front Range peak left on Yvonne's list (I still have 2 to go).

We packed a water bottle, bear spray, a couple bars and rain jackets and then began the slog up Snow Hawk Valley trail. The Snow Hawk trail has seen better days. At one time it was well cleared and easy walking. It's now the standard Chugach trail – meaning it's all of a foot wide with devil's club and cow parsnip towering over your head. And to add to the excitement every 50 feet you come across a pile of steaming bear dung.   ( Read more... )



Aug
01
2009
Elliot Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: dogs, frontrange  

Mt. Elliot, located on the ridge east of Wolverine, is one of the few peaks in the front range I hadn't hiked up yet.  So when Yvonne managed to drag me away from fishing for a day we headed out for a nice afternoon jaunt. We brought Ranger and his buddy Lucy (Eric and Julie's dog).

We hiked up and over the ball field, stopping a couple times to talk to friends who were out enjoying the day, and then dropped down past Black Lake to the shores of Williwaw Lake.  We then tromped up a southern gully to the ridge, turned right and scrambled to the summit.    The summit is the farthest bump East of Wolverine which makes it out of the way for a pretty insignificant peak unless you're running out of fresh peaks to climb.   ( Read more... )



Dec
25
2007
Shenandoah National Park Hikes
Trip Date: 12/25/07 - 12/28/07   Posted in Virginia & Trekking    Tags: family, shenandoah  

Pix from a Christmas hike in Shenandoah National Park.   ( Read more... )



Jul
21
2007
Bard Peak
Posted in Kenai Range & Trekking    Tags: portage  

On Saturday, July 21st, Yvonne, Dan Boccia and I climbed the North Ridge of Bard Peak. We drove to Whittier, hiked up Whittier Creek where we forded it near the campground. We then chose a tiny stream that is about 300' downstream from the main fork of Whittier Creek. We picked our way up the stream, wading through it and jumping back and forth across the creek for about 10 minutes until we reached a clearing. We were then able to move left and ascend meadows for around 300' till we reached a series of rocks that border the creek. In total we only bush whacked for maybe 15 minutes!   ( Read more... )



May
28
2007
Koktoya Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: frontrange  

On Memorial Day (May 28th), Yvonne and I hiked in and climbed Koktoya.   ( Read more... )



Aug
27
2006
Bird Ridge Overlook
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: turnagainarm  

On August 27th Yvonne and I drove south down to Bird Ridge where we began heading up the trail at noon with Ranger in tow. We made quick progress although our legs were quite stiff after having taken so much time off from hiking due to the almost constant rain Anchorage had experienced since late July.

At 1:30 we reached the top of the Bird Ridge trail and began to traverse the ridge that heads east towards Bird Ridge Overlook (4,600'), the peak that sits at the end of the ridge.

The hike is a total of 12 miles round trip; 3 miles to the top of Bird Ridge and then another 3 miles to Bird Ridge Overlook. After ascending Bird Ridge, we dropped down about 300 feet and then began a long rising and falling traverse to Bird Ridge Overlook. Hiking was easy and straightforward with an excellent well traveled sheep trail just below the ridge crest that kept us on more or less a level plain as we traversed the ridges.   ( Read more... )



Jul
17
2006
Grizzly Lakes Traverse
Trip Date: 07/17/06 - 07/20/06   Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking   

From July 17th - 20th Yvonne and I and 7 friends and family hiked the Grizzly Lakes Traverse in Chugach State Park. We started at Crow Pass, went up Clear Creek and over Steamroller Pass, camped at Archangel Lakes, then went over to Grizzly Lakes, then down Camp Creek to Eagle River and then back to Crow Pass. There were a total of 9 of us - and the fitness level ranged from excellent to "Oh my god I'm going to die". Along the way we climbed Kinglet and Pyramid Peaks. Below are pictures from the trip.   ( Read more... )




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