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“There is no way it is skiable,” I thought to myself, “So it can’t hurt to go up and just take a quick look.” Ian, Matias, and I were standing at the high point of the pass between Williwaw Lakes and Long Lake, just behind Elliott Peak in the Chugach front range. What had started [...]

The Twentymile River valley has lots of great terrain for crust skiing, and a couple of cool lakes to explore.  But it can be finicky.  Often times, when enough melting has occurred to create crust, the alders have started popping up, or the section near the road has turned to swamp.  You need a lot [...]

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

The Penguin Ridge hike has been on my to-do list for a long time. Tim Kelley first recommended it to me years ago. Like many other local Chugach hikes, I always figured that some weekend, when I had a little extra time, I'll knock it off my list.

On Sunday I needed to be in Girdwood for dinner, but I had just enough time for a short hike on the way there. I decided to go up Rainbow, which is one of my favorites along Turnagain Arm. The hike was great, with oodles of unexpected sunshine. I didn’t bring a camera, but when [...]

On Sunday I needed to be in Girdwood for dinner, but I had just enough time for a short hike on the way there. I decided to go up Rainbow, which is one of my favorites along Turnagain Arm. The hike was great, with oodles of unexpected sunshine. I didn’t bring a camera, but when [...]

On Sunday I needed to be in Girdwood for dinner, but I had just enough time for a short hike on the way there. I decided to go up Rainbow, which is one of my favorites along Turnagain Arm. The hike was great, with oodles of unexpected sunshine. I didn’t bring a camera, but when [...]

On Sunday I needed to be in Girdwood for dinner, but I had just enough time for a short hike on the way there. I decided to go up Rainbow, which is one of my favorites along Turnagain Arm. The hike was great, with oodles of unexpected sunshine. I didn’t bring a camera, but when [...]

Crust skiing is hard to predict. That is part of the attraction, and it adds to the thrill when you nail a perfect crust day. 2011 was a relatively low snow year in southcentral Alaska, and it seemed that the general consensus was that the lack of snow would result in a poor crust season. [...]

Crust skiing is hard to predict. That is part of the attraction, and it adds to the thrill when you nail a perfect crust day. 2011 was a relatively low snow year in southcentral Alaska, and it seemed that the general consensus was that the lack of snow would result in a poor crust season. [...]