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Mar
13
2013
Bertha Creek Tour
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: turnagain  

We went south seeking sun, snow and stability. Out the car in fringed temps and up Bertha Creek to Granddaddy, which we knew was in. The north ridge of Granddaddy was wind blasted rime ice with constant 25mph winds beating us as we climbed. Then off the top and down onto the frozen blob of rime ice that serves as a spotting stance.   ( 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.



Mar
03
2013
Hatcher and the magic three
Posted in Talkeetna Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, hatcher  

A good day in Hatcher with friends, sun, snow and stability. The magic combination.   ( Read more... )




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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Oct
20
2012
(the) Southeast Rock(s)
Trip Date: 10/20/12 - 10/27/12   Posted in North Carolina & Rock Climbing    Tags: family  


There is nothing like an east coast fall.   ( Read more... )




W Ridge

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



Nov
27
1992
Seneca
Posted in West Virginia & Rock Climbing   

I remember the first time I climbed at Seneca; Thanksgiving break 1992. Three of us skipped out from Thanksgiving family duties and drove 2 hours north from Charlottesville Virginia. Paul, Dave and myself. Paul and I had gone to the same high school and had been climbing together for a couple years. Dave was new to us.    ( Read more... )



Aug
25
2012
Jewel Mountain
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: dogs  


Beautiful weather and a day on Jewel Mountain.   ( Read more... )




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