The Wedge
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The Wedge(4,660 ft.) Ridge Route: 5.5 miles each way, 2,939 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3. ▼KMZ Ship Lake Pass Route: 6.4 miles each way, 2,766 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2-. ▼KMZ The Wedge isn’t exactly an unknown peak: … Read More

Portage Glacier Calving
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Report and analysis of a March 2019 calving event at Portage Glacier 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 … 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

Cantata Boots and Boats
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20.3-mile hike and packraft loop around Cantata Peak, in Alaska’s Chugach State Park The September 2018 heatwave was so intense that Alaskans started referring to it as a new season: Second Summer. High-temperature records across the state were shattered, and … 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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25.3-mile variation on the Bomber Traverse backpacking route, in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska 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 … Read More

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