Sunday, September 12, 2010

North Suicide Peak

Adventure beckoned. The objective was the West ridge of North Suicide Peak. Todd, Forrest, and I decided to go steep and avoid the word standard. The West ridge goes straight up the face of North Suicide and provides intelligent climbers the opportunity for vertical fun. The sun was shining and blue skies prevalent. Running and climbing without harsh weather elements is somewhat unusual living in Alaska. A person comes to expect diabolical weather conditions. Well, not today. We had a brilliant day in Anchorage!

The first picture in this adventure collection offers a glimpse of the West ridge rising up from Rabbit Lake. All smiles and no fear.


Jason, Forrest, and Todd participating in a group photo with their friend N. Suicide.

Now that the 5 mile approach run is over, the real adventure commences.

Todd Kasteler rock climbing his way up the ridge.

Todd in action. Don't fall!



I'm carefully picking my way up steep rock. Thank God the rocks were dry and the visibility was crystal clear. It is amazing how the weather can significantly influence an adventure.



Forrest is perched on a nifty rock outcropping.






Todd smells the summit and turns on his crank mode.



I had no intention of actually climbing this rock. My goal was to create an impressive and artistic move for my blog followers...


Summit!

Forrest is slithering his way around one of the last obstacles to the summit.

Objective met. Fulfilled. An impressive accomplishment. Todd is making it official as he signs the summit register.

Two good friends hanging out at 5,065 feet. Awesome!

South Suicide Peak as seen from the Summit of North Suicide Peak.







Now that summit photos are finished, the next stage begins: The descent. We decided to blast down Nausea Gully.

Nausea Gully snakes its way through the heart of N. Suicide. With multiple people running down a steep and rocky gully, rock fall is always an alarming concern. Luckily, other than a few superficial cuts and scrapes, we all made it up and down the mountain safely. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon! I will even make a way in the wilderness. Isaiah 43:19