October 28, 2014

Pastoral Autumn 2014

Kruser, mw, and yours truly toured to Pastoral in boot-top fresh snow.  The glacier skied well, but we scraped through to rocks or tundra on many turns on the return from Taylor Creek Pass.
An early start
After starting up in the dark, the warm sunshine was a godsend. We had a thin snowpack, but good ski up to the pass. The uptrack to Taylor Creek Pass was great - return was rocky. Beyond the pass, mounting the glacier was tricky and rocky.
mw at Taylor Creek Pass back lit by the rising sun and Pastoral

The concentration of crevasses was worrisome, but not too surprising given the low snowpack of last winter.

mw on the Return Leg at the Glacier Mount
Finding the right place to mount the glacier was tricky, but worth the effort. On the outbound leg, we descended mw's uptrack with skins on - it was rocky.

May 31, 2014

Susitna Rainbow

Yours truly witnessed the annual metamorphasis of Johnny Rocketship to Johnny Master Angler in waters that originated as powder in the Talkeetnas. Was it possible that the waters we waded were a continuum of the powder we skied?
The Susitna Valley is home to some beautiful fish, some call it the Leopard Rainbow.

Johnny Angler tempted the fish with what appeared to be the perfect morsel. These fish had a lot of energy and the swift water provided plenty of power to help them put up a fair fight. The 'bows were not worse for the wear as they returned to their lairs to lie in wait, ready to pounce on unlucky smolt migrating to the sea.

May 16, 2014

Spring Time in the Talkeetnas

Hanging out on Hatch Peak on May 16. We found a few gloppy, hollow spots that felt like there was no bottom. But on the right aspect, we skied creamy corn.
Seven other corn seekers joined Kruser and yours truly on sunny Hatch Peak. We had just enough breeze to be perfectly comfortable.