Arc’teryx Alpha FL

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Let’s get to it: this four-season alpine shell is light. At less than twelve ounces for a large the Alpha FL is actually lighter than most three-season rain jackets on the market, including Patagonia’s TorrentShell, OR’s Forray, or Marmot’s PreCip. … Read More

Hestra Heli

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The Hestra Heli is the flagship ski glove from Swedish glovemaker Hestra, which calls it “a modern classic with many uses.” Look around at many ski resorts, and you’ll spot the distinctive two-tone Heli (white goat leather palm and fingers, … Read More

North Suicide Peak

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North Suicide Peak (5,065 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead, southwest gully route: 5.6 miles each way, 3,340 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3s3+. My time: 6.5 hours round trip North Suicide Peak is a rugged 5,065-foot pyramid at the … Read More

Incident 232

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I’m always bummed when adventure buddies leave Alaska, but there is a silver lining. Homesickness builds up until it’s almost explosive, and as soon as wayward friends return stateside they’re often up for the most outlandish, ambitious, and half-conceived plans. … Read More

Feathered Friends Down Booties

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My first test of these booties came on winter solstice in Alaska, on the west summit of McHugh Peak. The thermometer read -10 degrees, not factoring in the wind pouring over our exposed campsite. After warming up in my sleeping … Read More

Rainbow Peak

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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

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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

Cirque de Bird

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A few things I’m thankful for: clean running water, wool socks, and friends who don’t blink when you ask them if they can get up at 5am to go hiking. With the snow making an earnest effort to take the … Read More

Ptarmigan Peak

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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

Eagle Peak

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Eagle Peak (6,909 ft.) Route (coming soon): xx miles round trip, xx ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3+. My time: 14 hours Eagle Peak is a Chugach titan, soaring 6,909 feet over the South Fork and Eagle River valleys. Though … Read More