Alaska

Alaska

Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by in Alaska

There is so much rock here that it is impossible to resist the temptation to hike and look for some good projects. Part of the allure of spending time in a place like Alaska is going to an entirely new range of mountains and hiking, exploring and bouldering. This trip is somewhat of a recon mission. We were worked from our previous day of climbing and set off to find some new boulders. We were fortunate to have good weather, but as we are learning that can and does change in a matter of minutes, and I never leave without my rain jacket.

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Brian went up a huge bowl to the left of where we had been climbing in search of new rock.

IMG_2302Fairangel Creek gulley

I went to the right, through a talus field, up another talus pile along Fairangel Creek and to a high alpine lake. The scenery was mind-boggling and the hiking was again some of the best I have ever done. And again, there was almost too much rock to look at.

IMG_2309 Fairangel Valley

Hiking alone in Alaska can be intimidating. The brush is thick and often wet, the ground is extremely uneven, and the wildlife can be dangerous. While grizzly bears are a concern, it seems that from what we can tell, this area of the Talkeetna Mountains is relatively safe. No one we’ve talked to has seen a grizzly bear near the boulders or in the valleys we’ve hiked in. Other valleys just a few miles away do have grizzlies and we always hike with caution. We have yet to see a bear.

Brian and I hiked around most of the day and joined back in together in the evening to share what we had found. He saw a lot of small boulders and a few things he thought would be okay, but nothing to get super excited about. On the other hand, I had found an awesome arete problem and a number of other really nice projects. The rock on the arete is awesome, the line is excellent and the landing is manageable. Here is a photo of the arete project, which is one of the best projects we have found and is one of the problems we have been putting a lot of effort into. It remains unclimbed, but we have done all the moves.

IMG_2318 Arete Project

I found even more good boulders beyond a beautiful turquoise tarn, well above tree-line. It seems that at this point, there is far more than we could ever do in two weeks, which is a great feeling to have. Our 4th day is our first rest day.

7 Responses to “Alaska”

  1. Climber

    27. Jul, 2011

    Geez that arete looks amazing. take a video!

  2. Dave

    27. Jul, 2011

    Looks awesome!

  3. Davin

    27. Jul, 2011

    Beautiful!

  4. B3

    27. Jul, 2011

    Davin, you’re missing out! Don’t worry, you can come back next year….

  5. bongowurm

    27. Jul, 2011

    Incredible! Pad well!

  6. tendon

    27. Jul, 2011

    total pile….

  7. Bryan

    27. Jul, 2011

    I have a buddy in Skagway, AK. That isn’t anywhere near Hatcher Pass though is it??? I would love to get up there.

    That arete does look amazing for sure.

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