The Wedge

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

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

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

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

Blackbird Traverse

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

The Bad Kash Traverse

36.6-mile attempt to run the Kashwitna River, in the Talkeetna Mountains 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 … Read More

Cumulus Mountain

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

McHugh Peak

McHugh Peak (4,311 ft.) Bear Valley route (North Ridge): 5.4 miles round trip, 2,300 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2s4. My time: 2.5 hours Rabbit Creek routes (East Ridge): ~10 miles round trip, ~2,900 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2+s4. … Read More

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