Peak Bagging: Good Summer Training and Adventure

FasterSkierJune 2, 2004

There have been some cool articles on lately. Several articles have given us views of adventurous cross-training activities unique to various areas of the US and Canada. It's interesting to learn what our ski brethren do for ambitious fun and training in the off-season. Things like crust skiing in the High Sierra, in Utah and on Mt Ranier, and canoeing and backcountry skiing in remote Canada. The bottom line is – every place has unique outdoor options of some kind. Hopefully fasterskier readers will continue to share tales of their local adventures.

So, here's a cross-training/ adventure contribution from my home area of Southcentral Alaska. The activity: peak bagging.

What is peak bagging? Basically it is choosing a mountain and then going and climbing it. This activity is a natural for Anchorage, Alaska – because there are lots of mountains around here. This was a climb that former UAA ski coach and Olympian Bill Spencer and I did several years ago. A railroad tunnel to the seaport town of Whittier had been widened and just opened to cars and trucks. Bill and I rushed over to make sure all peaks in the area were climbed and accounted for (before our competition got to them)! Of the two peaks we climbed that day, one was a first ascent the other was a first recorded ascent.


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