Posted by juneaubackcountry on February 3, 2011
Top of Magnum in Turnigan Pass
I have a confession for all of you… I’ve been cheating, and its not the first time. I’ve been riding snow in Turnigan Pass, and at Alyeska. Shameful I know, but sometimes the temptation is too great and I have to give in to the sinful quality of snow in other parts of the world.
I know, take a deep breath and calm down. There is snow to be found elsewhere, and you’re probably guilty of the same pleasures (you know who you are). Don’t get me wrong I still love it here, but its just well, its good to see if the snow is really whiter on the other side…Alright who am I kidding, given the winter we’re having this seems to be the only place that doesn’t have good snow. Alright no more negativity, there’s a lot of winter to go and we’ll get ours…hopefully soon. Normally I wouldn’t do this, but given our weather cycle and the fact that I’ve been busy with other photo work, I’m going to post not only photos from other AK locales, but a few non-backcountry photos. My hope is that it’ll provide a little entertainment to your day and at the very least its eating up my time putting together this post. Normally I’d post these photos on my personal blog, CSMPhotos, but I’m thinking of changing this blog to a vehicle for all my ski/snowboard photos, as no one else seems to be posting here. If you have stuff and want to post please do!
Posted in Turnigan Pass | Tagged: Alaska, Backcountry, Cedar Stark, Chris Miller, CSM Photos, Eaglecrest, Lee Henry, Mark Rainery, Photography, Powder, Rails, Ryan Elliott, Sandy Miller, Skiing, Snowboarding, Turnigan Pass | 1 Comment »
Posted by csmphotos on February 2, 2011
If there is one section of the Eaglecrest backcountry that consistently produces the goods, its hands down gotta be Fish Creek Knob. David Lowell and I took a meandering trek from the quarry a couple weeks back. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but everytime I’ve skinned up its never been the same route. This time was no different, and we worked ourselves into a bit of a pickle by stumbling across an open swath in the trees that we wanted to find on our descent. The only problem is that in our eagerness to preserve our line, we wedged ourselves into a steep and ridiculous climb. To sum it all up it involved the hucking of gear up hill and using every available hand hold, alder branch, or small purchase to be found to claw our way through waist deep powder. I guess there could be worse problems….suffice it to say, it was scrumptulescent, and like a couple of junkies we came back up to the mountain later that night for a midnight mission, to get just one more fix before it warmed up.
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Posted by juneaubackcountry on February 2, 2011
Like all good ideas, this one started at the bar over a beer. We were mulling over the possibilities for the following days skin; when someone at the table said they were planning on hitting the Eaglecrest parking lot to hit up Cropley Chute before first light. I took a big long drink of my PBR and mulled over the idea of rolling out of the sack at 5:30 to get some turns in the dark. With a little more liquid encouragement it was quickly decided that I’d be joining a crew of ski patrollers and a buddy in the parking lot at 6 AM.
The next morning came all too soon and as planned I rolled out of bed and into the truck to make it in time for the rendezvous. After donning our gear and headlamps we all made our way into the pitch black woods. Our small train of lights weaved its way through the trees picking our way through the last remnants of the night on an old skin track. We summited and quickly switched our gear over just as the sun was peaking its way over the edge of the earth. The entrance to the left shoulder of the chute still had tufts of frozen grass at the throat surrounded by windblown snow and ice. We lined up like kids on their way to jump off the high dive, each watching and waiting for the next’s headlamp to disappear down slope. Couldn’t think of a better way to start the day.
Posted in Mt. Stewart | Tagged: Alaska, Backcountry, Chris Miller, CSM Photos, Dawn Patrol, Photography, Skiing | 1 Comment »
Posted by juneaubackcountry on February 1, 2011
High East looking toward Moller
As usual I’ve fallen far behind on this and many other things. Life has a funny way of getting in the way. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re in for another round of wet and warm, not the combo we’ve been waiting for. So in the mean time I hope you’re like me and catching up on all those little projects that have been nagging at you… get ‘em done boys and girls cause it’s gonna snow sooner or later and you better be ready. Wax those sticks, reglue them skins, and remember good things come to those who wait
Backside of Douglas
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