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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... )



Sep
11
2011
Fall
Posted in Talkeetna Range & Rock Climbing    Tags: accidents, hatcher  


No not the pretty colors and crisp cool nights. Fall where you're plummeting through the air and a world of pain is inevitably in your near future.   ( Read more... )



Former Anchorite Austin Thayer was visiting and the weather forecast looked halfway decent so we met up early and drove up to Hatcher in the hopes of getting in some climbing before the rains came back. Ignoring the puddles we pushed up Archangel road and were roped up and starting up the first pitch of Toto by 10am. Swinging leads we jogged up the route and topped out on the top of pitch 5 two and a-half hours later...   ( Read more... )



Aug
28
2011
Lower Spire - West Ridge
Posted in Talkeetna Range & Rock Climbing    Tags: hatcher  


Jake rapping down the "Moss Clods Slab" pitch. Oh yes - this is a classic pitch.

A guide to a route that should get done more often but doesn't.   ( 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... )



Jun
30
2011
Talachulitna River
Trip Date: 06/30/11 - 07/05/11   Posted in Alaska Range & Boating    Tags: rants  

In July I spent a week floating the Talachulitna River in Western Cook Inlet with my father-in-law, Alain. We took our time and enjoyed the fishing - spending around 10 hours a day on the water and fishing continuously for trout, dollies, grayling and kings.

We saw Belted Kingfishers, Rusty Blackbirds, Bonaparte's Gull as well as all the usual suspects like Golden Crown Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees, Gray Jays and Stellar Jays. We saw lots of moose - but only one bear; a young brown bear that on the second day wandered into our fishing hole and stood his ground as we yelled, screamed and held our bear spray at the ready. Thankfully he wandered off without incident but it was enough to make us hyper-bear-aware for the remainder of the trip.

The river had it all: A fun narrow log chocked creek at the start where we were forced to drag, push and pull our raft. 20 miles of flat water teaming with rolling kings, fat rainbows and hungry grayling. A beautiful Class IV rapid, "Hell's Gate" that I opted to portage after an hour of internal debate. Below Hell's Gate there is a 15 mile canyon with Class III drops into deep dark pools, all capped by a slow float to the mouth through deep green pools teaming with kings.   ( Read more... )



Pix from a day at Hatcher on two stellar routes.   ( 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... )



May
10
2011
Foraker (abort) Denali (attempt)
Trip Date: 05/10/11 - 05/25/11   Posted in Alaska Range & Mountaineering    Tags: accidents, kahiltna  

A short lived Foraker attempt and a foul weather trip up to 17 camp on the West Buttress. (Next year I'm going sport climbing.)   ( Read more... )




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