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Different types of Glaciers and What They Are
March 7, 2018

Believe it or not many people do not know what a glacier is or that there are different types of glaciers.

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Anchorage’s Peak III: Urban Skiing at Its Best
March 5, 2018

The Chugach front range contains many tantalizing looking ski lines. However, many of them are rarely in skiable condition. During some years, snowfall is light. Other years, howling winds or rain clean the snow away as soon as it falls. When everything does come together in the front range, there are endless exciting lines to be had. I feel extremely fortunate to have skied off the summit of The Ramp, Harp Mountain, and several other front range peaks.

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Snowboarding Thompson Pass
January 22, 2018

Life's to short to put off seeing the world. Year after year had gone by and the stories of all the snow and terrain Alaska had to offer only built up. It was time to check it out and experience it for myself. I'd booked my flight and I was on my way to one of the snowiest places in North American. We were Alaska bound departing from the Pacific Northwest.

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Keystone Canyon Ice Climbing: POS and the Alaska X Factor
January 12, 2018

Will this shirt be too warm? Where’s my helmet? Oh my God there is a mouse nest in my climbing boot. Getting ready for ice climbing after years away from the sport was not relaxing. Still, the ski terrain was a mixture of wind crust and rock and I was getting tired of indoor pursuits.

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Thompson Pass Ski Map and other routes
December 8, 2017

This is an evolving article to keep current on the local names and runs in the Thompson Pass / Valdez area. It will have links to maps and other information.

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Last Call for Silvers: Salmon Fishing on Portage Creek
October 16, 2017

I have never gotten over the miracle of pulling fish out of our opaque waters. The milky, multi-colored water running through our glacial streams looks so eerie and lifeless. You can't see anything below the surface. And yet, one beautiful salmon after another comes out. It feels like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

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Something for Everyone on the Valdez Pack Trail of 1899
October 8, 2017

The Valdez Trail of 1899 is a gem, but I only rarely see other people on it. It takes you through a series of different ecosystems from mossy forest to alpine tundra. The trail is generally kept in very good shape, with just one real muddy spot towards the southern end. It also has historic significance. It follows the pack trail the Army Corps of Engineers built between 1899 and 1901 between the ocean and the interior. There are four trailheads along the Richardson Highway: at 12 mile, 14 mile, 20 mile, and 26 mile, giving hikers a range of options. Technically, the southern end is the “Pack Trail of 1899” and the northern end is the “Wagon Road of 1898,” but it all feels like one trail to me.

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