Blue skies, nice Pow….a few recent excursions

21 02 2013

Winter in¬†AK started off slowly…early season conditions and a terrible snowpack plagued us till January. To top it off, I took a bad jump in flat light and injured my foot, so I’ve been on gimp status for most of Jan/Feb ūüė¶

Pre-gimp skiing @ Hatcher’s with Dan.hatchers¬†Eva.eva

 Dan skiing above the clouds on Marmot.dan marmot

skin b & w

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Went snowmachining at -13F in Hatcher’s with a fellow gimp,¬†the Pirate, while I was gimpy too. Probably not what the doctor ordered, but I couldn’t resist and the powder was amazing…..IMG_6696pirate small¬†IMG_6872-pirate small¬†IMG_6887-pirate small

I finally made it back to skiing after¬†5 weeks off! Blower snow above 1000 ft. at Pete’s North. It was fabulous-until I fell and re-injured my foot.¬†ūüė¶ Back on gimp status.

Jon getting after it at as the sun¬†just crests Pete’s South.IMG_7227-small





The Shrode Lake Cabin/Skiing in Prince William Sound

1 05 2012

We are probably the only people to drop a keg into a glide crack ūüôā No worries, it was definitely rescued! The fact that we were bringing three, five gallon kegs (of some of Midnight Sun’s finest), hardly made the fact the that I brought two sets of boxing gloves seem excessive.

Mike, Michelle, and Parker on the boat ride in.

We got dropped off on a beautiful, sunny perfect day in the Sound. I love PWS on a flat calm day! We lucked out and saw a young humpback whale on the way. We arrived at the put-in (we got dropped off before Three Fingers Cove because it was iced in) to an enormous amount of snow!

The snow towers over Michelle. ¬†Jon (at 6′ 5″) was just able to touch the top of the snowbank from the beach. We’ve had an amazing winter in AK!

Jon and Dan on the ski in. Probably wouldn’t recommend heavy, overloaded sleds. We had an interesting tour in, to say the least,¬†over the hilly terrain. It took us about 4 hours to get to the cabin, what should take an hour-ish. At least we made sure we were properly hydrated first ūüôā

This butterfly kept landing on my skis. Again with the overpacking, I brought xc skis and my AT set-up.

It was hot outside! I’m glad I threw in a tank top and shorts at the last minute. We decided to go for a ski after we dropped our stuff of at the cabin. Boone with Shrode Lake on the right and PWS on the left.

Boone and Michelle checking out options.

Michelle and Mike descending down towards Shrode Lake.

We were told that the people that had the cabin the weekend prior found only the top 18 inches of the hut peaking through the snow. Luckily for us, they dug a burrow down into it.

Czech Yourself and Mammoth Stout-mmmm!

The suprise entertainment I brought-boxing gloves!

¬†Mike skiing above Jack Lake. The conditions were less than stellar. It had rained for the¬†day and a half prior¬†-what a surprise in PWS :), and the snow was saturated. We pointed our skis and barely moved. It felt like skiing with our skins on. But the tour was gorgeous…..

Mike and Michelle touring back across Jack Lake.

Michelle, Mike, and Parker found the perfect way to relax in the evening sun.

Our last day, Dan and I decided to get one last ski after we dropped our gear off at the pick up beach. It turned out to be pretty decent spring corn/slush.

Jon doing his share to lighten the load ūüôā Another glass calm day in PWS.

Michelle and Mike waiting at the pick up beach in style!





The Crescent Saddle Cabin Ski Trip

31 01 2012

Our thermometer bottomed out at -25F¬†on the¬†ski¬†in, so lets just say it was colder than that. At 12:30 AM, after 4 hours of skiing by stars-it was so cold¬† our headlamps we nearly useless because our breath clouded the air in front of us-we finally arrived at the Crescent Saddle Cabin. It took us a bit longer than we anticipated since we had to break trail across Carter and Crescent Lakes, unable to find a snowmachine¬†track to follow across the lakes,¬†and we brought heavy loads with¬†a ton of gear for lofty plans that should’ve¬†got axed at the trailhead ūüôā¬†We stayed up till 4:30 AM trying to warm up the cabin, before we crawled into our sleeping bags¬†wearing every layer we had with us. The cabin was 7F degrees next to the wood stove and the walls still frosty.

Everyone’s favorite. Hoarfrost on the toilet.

Feeding the fire all night we managed to get it up to a balmy 27F degrees by the time we dragged ourselves out of bed. Walls still frosty. Dan, Heidi, and I headed out for a tour up the saddle between Crescent and Kenai lakes, continuing on up the mountain on the left, while Lee and Jon stayed behind to cut more (much needed) firewood and keep the fire going. Daytime temps warmed up to  -5F, almost a heat wave!

Dan skinning up.

It was a bluebird day with fresh powder. We had a blast making the only tracks on the mountain!

Heidi skiing.Dan skiing.Heidi making turns.Dan cruising through the trees.

The skiing was amazing! When we arrived back at the cabin Lee and Jon had managed to get the cabin up to a reasonable temperature so our beer could unfreeze ūüôā Actually,¬†by early evening as the temperatures dropped again outside,¬†the cabin¬†was warm enough to layer down to just our long underwear and the walls defrosted. Success!¬†

Lee and Parker headed across Crescent Lake on the way home.

 





Center Ridge, Again

2 05 2011

Sabrina joined me for another warm, beautiful spring day of  ski touring at Center Ridge.





Touring Center Ridge

11 04 2011

 





Adventure/Survival skiing in the Chugach

15 03 2011

Six of us headed up to the Chugach Powder Hut in Girdwood for the weekend.¬†With no new snow this past MONTH, and lots of wind, we knew the skiing wasn’t going to be great.¬†Although, the weather has been phenominal, and we wanted to check out the terrain for future trips. Sunny and warm we had slim hopes of finding slopes that may have been protected from the windblast.¬† We didn’t find any-it was definitely survival skiing on hard as rock snow-I think I was able to link two turns together in respectable snow all weekend ūüôā It was all good though, fun times with a great group,¬†and¬†endless possibilities for a future good snow year.¬†

Janet and Sam skinning up above the hut.

Chris catching some air.

The hut.

View of Girdwood and Turnagain Arm from the hut.

View of the Roundhouse, tram, and the North Face at Alyeska, sunset.

Mark and the Sams bootpacking it up. Once we got off the cat-track the snow was so windblasted we found it easier in places to bootpack than skin. 

Janet and Chris on top checking out the possibilities.

The crew.

Pano of the area with the crew in the upper left.

Mark recording the moment.

Amen!








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