I grew up in McGrath, live in Anchorage, teach at Alaska Pacific University, and play outside as often as possible. Anchorage has an incredible group of recreation partners; I feel very lucky to be here. I lean on a huge community of friends for trip and gear advice. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Josh Mumm and I were shocked to finish first at the Lakina Bridge. I had calculated that Tyler Johnson, Todd Kasteler, and Danny Powers, the guys on the Tebay route, would be a full 24 hours ahead of us.
And after not having seen Roman Dial since day one, I assumed he had found a cleaner route and would be waiting for us at the end.
Josh Mumm, Eben Sargent, John Sykes and I hoped to find a skiable route up the south side of Mt. Blackburn (16390 ft., Wrangell Mountains, Alaska) for a one-week road-to-road climb, March 2012.
Shallow snow and huge cracks prevented us from getting up Blackburn, but the landscape, sunset, and northern lights at the Kuskulana-Kennicott pass (10,000 ft.) were spectacular.
It featured a blizzard, a foot of fresh snow, over 30 crevasse breaches. This is supposed to be the Summer Classic? Only in Alaska.
Check out the full article for a link back to blogger Luc Mehl’s site, as well as a companion blog post.
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