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Mar
17
2013
St. Patrick's Day Tour
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, turnagainarm  


Peter above the Arm

Sun, snow and stability continues to linger in Southcentral Alaska, so we chose a steep up-track that we normally wouldn’t touch due to exposure from above. We tromped up the steep tree covered ridge topping out on a sharp ridgeline 3000’ above the Arm.  Then across the subpeak searching for powder until finally having to remove skis and downclimb 500’ of rock and tundra to a protected bowl with boot deep powder.   ( Read more... )



Mar
10
2013
Snow Day
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: cam  

Heavy snow and low visibility kept us close to home searching for treed slopes untouched by wind.  Surprisingly enough we found both and spent the day meadow skipping yellow slopes. The only thing we found above treeline was vertigo so we kept the runs short and had fun picking our way through the alders.  Sun crust is forming on SW slopes and obvious wind lips have formed on rollovers making terrain traps not an option, but NW slopes were holding knee deep dreamy powder.  Todd was in his element and schooled us all on how to ski tight alder runs gracefully.  Scott schooled us on how to properly raise a ski dog, even if the dog does hail from Taiwan. I schooled them on how bash through trees helmet first and fall properly. I'll apologize upfront for another Garcia tune.  Sometimes I get in a rut.



Mar
07
2013
Night Job
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, frontrange  

Maybe you collect or maybe you pay. Still gotta work that 8 hour day.



ripple

Ripple. How many times have you climbed it? Once a season? Twice a season? Three times? For the past two years? For the past five years? 10 years? If you're a southcentral ice climber it's that route that you do at least once a year. It's close, it's always in, and it's always enjoyable.   ( Read more... )



Feb
03
2013
3 Ring Circus
Posted in Chugach Range & Ice Climbing    Tags: cam  

Layers, rain, renovations, life changes and work have kept me from getting out too much but the light is finally starting to return and with it my motivation for longer days.  So on sunday Jake and I headed out to climb 3 Ring Circus.  The ice was in terrible shape (mongo dinner plates with every swing) but temps in the mid-20s and light until 5pm made for a good long day.  We climbed 800' in 5 pitches and then bailed off manky alder anchors to reach the ground just as it got dark.  A good long day and a beautiful hike out Eagle River in the dark.

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W Ridge

You don't ski during an ice year.   ( 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... )



Jun
02
2012
The winter that never left
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: frontrange  

It is the winter that never left.   ( Read more... )



Mar
17
2012
KCK and Goat Head
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, frontrange  


Scott Fennell down KCK.


Yvonne down Goat Head.

It's no secret the snow has been good in the Front Range. While the official NOAA snowtel in midtown is reading 129 inches (just shy of the all time record of 132.8 inches set in the winter of 1954-55) the unofficial ski reports show much much more snow on Hillside and in the Front Range. Gullies are filled in more than usual, the tree skiing is good and normally hard technical couloirs are now doable for the average Joe. Thus when the snow is deep, sky is blue and the backyard calls, there is no need to drive north or south.   ( Read more... )




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