ChugachFit V.7

Hopefully everyone has been out all summer enjoying the great outdoors with a variety of activities. For me this included biking, hiking and an occasional backpacking trip. With ski season just around the corner, I am focusing on October 15 as my start day. Like the Boy Scouts say “Be Prepared”. Then it’s game on, up, and down. But before […]

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Sierra – Great Divide Double Traverse

This is the 100th Anniversary of our great National Parks established within the framework of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916.  Since their inception, millions of people from around the world have been humbled standing in arenas of mountains, trees and rivers forever protected from the crush of humanity. “(NPS)which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the […]

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Weekend Escape – Jumbo Mine

Twenty years ago, Tabitha and I took our first backpacking trip together. The rest is a love story and thus a lifetime of partnership exploring some of the wildest places in Alaska and the world.  That first trip included hanging our backpacks and ourselves on the hand tram across the creek to McCarthy and an arduous trip to Nikolai Pass. […]

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Glacier Porn

Bradford Washburn opened his first photo business in Valdez in 1936. It was from the tidal mudflats near town where he took his camera to the sky over mountains for the first time and framed glaciers and mountains, including the Shoup. The rest is history as far as his glacier photography and of course his mountaineering. I get plenty of […]

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