Portage Glacier Calving
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There are many metaphors for the sound of a glacier calving. A rifle going off, trains colliding, the crash and roll of thunder. None of these descriptions fully capture the sound, but they all suggest one thing: a sense of … Read More

Bold Peak
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Bold Peak(7,600 ft.) Stivers’ Gully Route: 14.7 miles each way, 7,561 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3-c4. My time: 10.5 hours round trip ▼KMZ Bold Peak’s cliff-laced summit towers over the southeast end of Eklutna Lake, and to a casual … Read More

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Fjällräven Abisko Trail T-Shirt
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Purchased September 2017, reviewed August 2018 The Abisko Trail T-Shirt is a “lightweight trekking” lyocell-blend base layer from Swedish company Fjällräven. At $60 retail this is about as expensive as a short-sleeved base layer top gets, but last year I … Read More

Blackbird Traverse
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In early August I found myself at the Snowbird Glacier Hut, poring over the Bomber Traverse Map with three Canadian women who had just made it to the hut in the middle of a storm. Wind shook the hut and … Read More

The Bad Kash Traverse
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Some trip reports are inspiring. Some are informative. Others are warnings. On the last day of June, 2018, Brett Woelber, Dre Benitez and I set out to float the Kashwitna River via the MCA’s Holden Hut site in the Talkeetna … Read More

Cumulus Mountain
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Cumulus Mountain (5,815 ft.) Ram Glacier Route: 5.9 miles each way, 4,500 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2+. My time: 6 hours round trip ▼KMZ Dragon Tail Ridge Route: 5.2 miles each way, 4,800 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3-. … Read More

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