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Discussion in 'Photos' started by California, Jun 7, 2011.
Near the Yukon River xing - 2009
I hope you're not trying to say something about "this is 8 inches - believe me."
Since I can't ride motorcycles in the winter, I engage in my favorite wintertime passion of skiing in the backcountry, as often as possible. Sometimes I even play hookey from work so I can enjoy fresh powder! Last weekend we skied down into Ship Creek Valley, which is accessed from the Arctic Valley Road, just a few miles outside of Anchorage. There's a lot of deep powder, which is physically draining to break trail through, but I love a good challenge! Luckily on this trip I was sneaky and left the trailhead about an hour after a group of my guy friends left, allowing them to have the privilege of breaking trail for us women.
The wind was blowing the snow off of the tops of the peaks and ridges.
Ahhh.... on days like this I feel like I have died and gone to heaven and I sure hate having to return to civilization.
A link to a few more photos...
http://s974.photobucket.com/albums/ae221/koktoya/Ship Creek Valley - Alaska/
We've had some record snowfall this year, and I'm sure looking forward to some spectacular spring skiing, up until I can ride again!
From my point of view, you already reside in Heaven.
I'll be up this summer for my little slice of heaven, too.
Knowing Jim (frijole) that could be what he is saying. But, you can barely make out his camera in his right hand.
Must have set some sort of record for myself... out of Palmer northbound before 5:00 PM. (It's usually 9 PM or later, with arrival back in Glennallen by midnight or after.) The weather was gorgeous, with not a cloud in view anywhere, and the mountains still nicely snow-covered against the cobalt sky. This was just one of many stunning sights, and I had to stop for a photo before the sun got too low. Wish the brush and saplings weren't in the photo, but those things don't matter when you're seeing the scene from a moving vehicle.
About Mile 66 on the Glenn Hwy, a few miles north of Sutton -
Back when I was driving truck, on hot summer nights I would sometimes park right where your bike is parked and crawl in the sleeper for the night, as it was always cool there. Imagine having to wake up to a scene like that in the morning. :eek1 Don't know how I put up with it.
Your photos are unmatched ... need to put together a coffee table book of your collection.
and thanks for your wealth of knowledge about riding Alaska... before I made my trip, you where my sourcev via ADV......appreciate all the advice and tips....I will be back someday!
2007-06-26105 by nivek800, on Flickr
I'd say its exceptional back in '89. What was your starting point?
You know, if it weren't for all the frikkin snow, Alaska would be just about, well, ummmm, I don't even know a word that describes it...
Skookum Glacier is very big and visible from the Seward Highway near the Portage Glacier turnoff (between the turnoff and the ascent into Turnagain Pass). To access it in the winter you either ski or ride snowmachines up the Placer River a couple miles and then head towards the huge, stunning, glacial valley, lined by incredibly steep mountains. My friends and I ski back there as we enjoy the peace and quiet of skiing vs. machines, and I enjoy getting exercise. Here are a few photos of this awesome glacier. It's pretty cool (pun intended) getting up close and personal with blue ice that's hundreds of years old!
The top/whole view of the above avalanche debris.
Skiing up into the valley, getting closer to the glacier. On days like this I feel like I'm getting a preview of heaven! Some of my friends climb up and ski down the huge mountains back here. I think they're nuts, but they're confident and excellent skiers.
Eating lunch at the foot of the glacier. The blue wall of ice in the background is actually quite tall.
I skied to this glacier a couple weeks before this photo was taken and the chunks and debris had broken off since that trip. This is definitely an active glacier.
Goofing off, having fun on the way back.
More photos here (if I didn't password protect the album):
http://s974.photobucket.com/albums/ae221/koktoya/Skookum Glacier March 2011/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ24
I'm leading a trip back here on Saturday and hope we have sunshine and bluebird skies! Last time I tried to go we ran into a terrible blizzard and had to turn around.
Happy trails, from someone who loves snow!
St Paul Island..
stuck out on the Bering sea...
Above Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales.
Kennicott Copper Mine and the old Mad Kaw.
OK, not biking weather.
Coming back from Prudhoe Bay.
The infamous Smoked Chicken Trip.
This is the latest Enduro Alaska. It may not attract too many people to Alaska. It may, in fact drive them away:
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