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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... )



Oct
09
2016
Green River - Desolation & Gray Canyons
Trip Date: 10/09/16 - 10/16/16   Posted in Utah & Boating    Tags: family  



This is a photo dump from a recent trip down Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River. 10 of us flew down from Anchorage and spent a week on the river. We had 6 adults and 4 kids ages 3-6. We crowded into 2 16' rafts and brought a packraft as an extra boat. We had perfect weather (7 days of 70 degree sun) and low flows (3000cfs) which meant the majority of the rapids were mere ripples (but also meant that travel was slow). It was the perfect October escape from Anchorage which can be dreary before the snow arrives.   ( Read more... )



Jul
02
2016
Susitna River - Gold Creek > Talkeetna
Trip Date: 07/02/16 - 07/04/16   Posted in Talkeetna Range & Boating   

For the 4th of July we packed up the kids, rafts and dogs and headed north to Talkeetna to float the Susitna River from Gold Creek to Talkeetna. This stretch of river is 40 miles of mellow class I with nice gravel bars and islands for camping and an easy take out that's within 1 mile of where you leave your vehicle. The best part? You approach by train. And not just any train - but the last true flag-stop train in America.    ( 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... )



Oct
21
2015
Colorado River - Meander Canyon
Trip Date: 10/21/15 - 10/26/15   Posted in Utah & Boating    Tags: family  

Photos and notes from a 5 day kid float down Meander Canyon - the mellow 51 mile stretch of the Colorado River from Potash to Spanish Bottom.   ( 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
23
2015
Upper Nenana River
Trip Date: 05/23/15 - 05/24/15   Posted in Alaska Range & Boating   


Photos from a Memorial Day weekend float on the Upper Nenana River from mile 17 of the Denali Park road to the Parks Highway (20 river miles). This is a totally mellow Class I float that, in my opinion, is perhaps the best kid's river in Southcentral AK.   ( 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... )




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