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Winterbear is my personal website for sharing trip reports, writing, photography, videos, gear reviews, outdoor advice, and other info related to adventuring in the great Alaska outdoors (and occasionally beyond). Browse around as much as you’d like and always feel free to get in touch.

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Recent Guidebook Entries

Intel on Alaska hikes, climbs, paddles, bushwacks, and tumbles.

Rainbow Peak (12/2/2016) - Rainbow Peak (3,543 ft.) Turnagain Arm (south ridge) route: 5.2 miles round trip, 3,580 ft. elevation gain. Class 3- difficulty. My time: 4 hours I often think of Rainbow Peak as a kind of “Flattop for locals.” Both peaks are … Read More
McHugh Peak (10/17/2016) - McHugh Peak Bear Valley route (North Ridge): 5.4 miles round trip, 2,300 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2s3+. My time: 2.5 hours Rabbit Creek routes (East Ridge): ~10 miles round trip, ~2,900 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2+s3+. My time: … Read More
Ptarmigan Peak (9/21/2016) - Ptarmigan Peak (4,911 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead: 7 miles round trip, 3,250 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3. My time: 3.5 hours Via the Glen Alps trailhead: 10 miles round trip, 3,140 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3 … Read More