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Apr
28
2013
Explorer Peak
Posted in Kenai Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, cam, portage, turnagainarm  


The West Ridge of Explorer Peak ascends the skyline.

Every now and then we get that long period of high pressure where everything rocks. The temps are decent, the snow is beautiful, stability is good. Then the winds come and everything goes to hell. Windslab creeps across the ridgetops and where there isn't windslab there's pure ice. Runs look good from afar but once you're in them you start actually thinking about things like home projects and ice climbing.

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Apr
20
2013
Thin White Mank
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, rants  

Ignoring tradition, history and local ethics we vow to rename this route. From henceforth it will be called Thin White Mank.   ( Read more... )



Apr
05
2013
Falls Lake Couloir
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: anchorage-classics, cam, turnagainarm  


Todd exiting Falls Lake Couloir.

Falls Lake couloir looked beautiful and untouched. So up and up the perfect splitter couloir to the ridge. Then down boot deep powder and heavy sluff to the valley floor and sun.   ( Read more... )



Apr
04
2013
April Couloirs
Posted in Chugach Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, turnagainarm  


Photo by Eric Parsons.

Tis the season for post-work couloir skiing. Get up early, work till 3 or 4, ski hard till 7 or 8. Eat, sleep, and repeat.   ( Read more... )



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
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
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... )




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