Saturday, August 22, 2009
Rob and I needed to climb a mountain, so we picked Cumulus Mountain. So, on 6/20/09 we cranked our way to the summit and back in 6 hours and 50 minutes. As with any backcountry Alaskan adventure, the weather plays a crucial factor in success or failure. Rob and I relied exclusively on precision orienteering skills to reach Bombardment Pass. Without our trusted map and compass, I am sure we would have walked in circles or never made it out of Ram Valley. Just as we approached Bombardment Pass, God must have decided he watched our stumbling long enough--the thick fog lifted and visibility was increased to almost 100%. Climbing mountains is definitely "easier" when you can see!
The day after I ran Mt. Marathon, my wife, three kids, and I decided to hike around Girdwood. After a three hour hike to reach the top of the tram at the Alyeska Ski Resort, I said goodbye to my family and set out to climb Mount Alyeska and Max's Mountain. They rode the tram down to the parking lot and I ran the ridges up to higher altitude. The first picture in this collection is a view from the summit of Mount Alyeska.
On 6/27/09 a small band of intrepid explorers set out to run a nifty ridge that wraps around Four Mile Creek. This horseshoe shaped ridge contains several peaks, including Mount Eklutna, 4009, 5505, 4826, and 4524. Jesse, Leslie, and I completed the full ridge run/climb in 8 hours 15 minutes. It was a great day to explore! The first picture in this collection is on route to Eklutna Peak.
Another adventure beckoned. Saturday, August 1, 2009, Jesse and I set our sites on climbing as many peaks as we could in the South Fork Eagle River area. The clouds moved in and out, at times obscuring our vision, but in the end we bagged Harp Mountain, Eagle River Overlook, 5764, and 4659 in approximately 7 hours. The first picture in this collection is me on the summit of Harp Mountain.