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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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Oct
14
2011
Chugach State Park Management Plan
Posted in Chugach Range    Tags: access, csp-plan, rants  

The comment deadline is October 31st. You have just over 2 weeks. But what's in the plan and what are you going to say?   ( Read more... )



Aug
11
2011
Ptarmigan Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: dogs, frontrange  

Another absolutely stellar day in South Central Alaska.   ( Read more... )



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... )



Jul
16
2011
North Suicide
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering    Tags: csp-plan, dogs, frontrange  

We awoke to sun on Saturday so we took a welcomed break from bathroom remodeling and headed up Rabbit Creek for a jaunt up North Suicide. Up the valley, a nice long break at Rabbit Lake so the dog could swim and then up the NW gully to the ridge. On the ridgeline we had one spot of D0 (the dog equivalent of A0) followed by a casual ridgeline to the summit. Back down with spotters for the D0 section, down the long chossy NW gully and then back to the lake for more dog swimming and home at a decent hour.   ( Read more... )



Up south Suicide with two hot dogs on a lazy afternoon and the Northwest Ridge of Indianhouse catches my eye. A day later I'm back with a rope, rack and partner for nice long ramble across gendarmes and sidewalks on a perfect Memorial Day.
[ Northwest Ridge of Indianhouse ]


Apr
15
2011
Matanuska Peak
Trip Date: 04/15/11 - 04/16/11   Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing   

Fun weekend outing to Frontier Peak that actually turned out to be Matanuska Peak. More text and pix after the jump.   ( Read more... )



Apr
09
2011
McHugh Ridge Walk
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: dogs, frontrange  
A latest start, a 10 minute commute to Rabbit Valley and then a 4 mile ski out to the base the base of Ptarmigan. Across Rabbit Creek, up a slope to gain McHugh's long East Ridge. Then a traverse of the East Ridge to the East Summit. Fun turns off the top of the East Summit and then a 2 mile run that drops 2000' all the way down the long North West bowl to Rabbit Creek. Some early season bush whacking to prepare us for summer and then back to the Rabbit Valley trail and home at a reasonable hour.
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Mar
03
2011
Follies
Posted in Chugach Range & Ice Climbing    Tags: anchorage-classics, portage  

I worked all last weekend – so when a sunny day and an ice climbing partner presented themselves mid-week I jumped on the opportunity.  Wayne and I drove down to Portage and found an unoccupied Follies with an easy creek crossing to the base. Follies is a well known local classic that sometimes has an abysmal approach.  For the most part the ice across the creek tends to be pretty thin – and I guess lots of people have had mini-epics when falling through the ice or having the wade across in fishing waders.  We lucked out… the creek was frozen solid and we walked across and were at the base in minutes.


Wayne on the second pitch.

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




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