Spring Rides

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alaskahack, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    45* in Wasilla this afternoon not a cloud in the sky Had to see what's going on up at Hatcher Pass

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    A lot of people up here riding sleds and snowboarding
    Temp was 45* when I left home 38* in the upper parking lot



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    I should have brought the better camera The snow blows the cheap one away

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    Gal was out boarding with her 6mo old Akita, I used to have a couple of them great dogs. Next year she is going to be ski-jouring with her

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    Need to bring the better camera this was supposed to be a great shot of Pioneer Peak

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    Saw six bikes 5 Harley one other GSA everyone was ATGATT :clap
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  2. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    nice how clean the roads are to Hatcher's


    might be riding to ekultna tmomrow, get some footage and photo's done too.
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  3. Alaskahack

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    Going up thru Palmer roads are clear watch for sand/gravel :huh no matter where you go.water run-off causes black ice in the shade, no problem watch your speed.
    I went up to Willow side of Hatchers today great day clear roads, but don't go that way

    Saw a bunch of bikes mostly Harleys 5 out of 6 were ATGATT one Harley rider had ape hangers and a watch cap.

    Saw one sport bike on Parks Hwy with a White helmet, full leathers, standing on his Freeken seat going north while I was going south he tossed me a thumbs up.
    Crazy guy
    I'll post some pictures in the morning

    Great day :rofl
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  4. Alaskahack

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    Be careful of sand and gravel, black ice watch speed you shouldn't have no problem going to Eklutna

    Get it before the snow hits again
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  5. Alaskahack

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    Picture of the road to Hatcher Pass taken from the front of the old Mother Load NU this is for you


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    Anyway after seeing how Hatcher Pas was doing with the spring thaw I decided to check out the Willow side. I knew I couldn't get that far up the road but decided life is an adventure so I left about 2:00 PM.

    Roads are clear all the way to Willow and I would guess all the way to Fairbanks. We're supposed to get some snow the next couple of days but it won't last long

    I can't get over what you see with your eyes is so hard to capture with a camera

    Denali from Willow

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    Let the adventure begin

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    I went up the road to the parking lot by the access to Purchase Creek. The road started to become pretty well glaciated for the newer Alaskans its when the adjacent creek or river rise over the road level and freezes when it snows it doesn't make any difference but when the thaw comes its pretty bad.

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    I tried to push thru to get to the Last Chance Coffee Shop, but stopped just shy of making it (no cell coverage, to traffic on road)

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    The parking by Purchase Creek access I drove in there got nervous ice was gouged up pretty good

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    I at first drove in the parking lot to get a picture of this bridge

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    Moving along

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    The way out, lot of runoff

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    Coming back to the Valley

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    Pioneer Peak From just before Houston going to Wasilla

    Thats all I got for now

    Great Day Great Ride
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  6. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Nice photos !! And thanks for the road condition advise, I have never access Hatchers pass from the willow route, only thru Palmer.

    Might have to try that way this season .
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  7. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    I went out the day before yesterday, blasted the Old Glenn, around back, through the Butte, and then charged up the highway, back to the ranch. Great days!:clap:clap:clap
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  8. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    off early out to Eklutna, got half way up and they road turn back into ice and snow, and deff a lot of sand, headed back into Anch, stopped into Girdwood, out to Porter glacier and out to Turnagam pass.

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    Turnagan pass, parking lot is still packed.


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  9. Alaskahack

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    Great pictures i think I know where it fell apart on you. But it was a great day.

    I'm going to have to get down that way before the snow melts to much

    Beautiful pictures

    Bob
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  10. nuttynu

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    hahah yeah, damn, it right where theres that incline, BUT my vision was eff up by all the gravel and ice illussion that i didnt know it was an incline. so when i stop. my bike started rolling back,, and buahahah it drop. i got it on cam, upload it soon. thank goodness for my crash cage.:rofl
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  11. nuttynu

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    ... Well this didn't last long...
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  12. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    But nine weeks ago ... :evil

    :lol3 :poser :rofl
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  13. Alaskahack

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    But on the brighter side I rode every day last week :clap

    What did you do :ear:ear

    Hopefully people will slow down a lot on the highway and people will wear their seat-belts that other thing big brother makes us wear :deal
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  14. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    hahahah!! its okay , im in no rush anymore, i just want it to be ready by june when i take off to the states..

    yippe and the 1400 miles done already this year is still at the tongue's taste bud.
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  15. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Stolen from Trails End's facebook page, meanwhile in Fairbanks:
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    I should have went out saturday instead of running errands. Now there's another fucking foot of snow. And Weather Underground is saying a low of -22 on Friday (accuweather is more optimistic at -10). I need a damn snow machine or a quad or something.

    Better yet, I'm starting to think I should cancel my vacation at the end of the month since I was planning on going riding around the state on my new-to-me Nighthawk 750, but I don't think things will be cleared up enough by then... idea was to ride from Fairbank to Homer, over to Valdez and McCarthy, then back to Fairbanks.
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  16. HayDuchessLives

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    I liked Nuttynu's photos taken in Turnagain Pass, on a bright, sunny day. My friends and I regularly "play" on the other side of the pass, in the non-motorized area. Here are a few photos from an interesting ADVenture we had last weekend. We started at the Lower Eddies parking lot and skied up to and along the base of Eddies and across the Ingram Creek drainage. From there we ascended the northern slope of the impressive Tincan Peak.

    This is Ulla from Denmark, on a splitboard, with the Ingram Creek drainage in the background. Pretty much the entire ridgeline had slid, very recently, like within the past 24 hours. We all had avalanche gear and our beacons were turned on.

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    The two men I was skiing with decided we would continue heading uphill, to the distant, prominent ridgeline of Tincan Peak. They wanted to practice making turns. The higher we got, the more apprehensive I became as we had our long "touring" skis on, which aren't that easy to make turns with and the snow conditions were NOT ideal. There was a breakable crust on top of sugary stuff which makes going downhill somewhat tricky. But, what the heck, check out all the untracked snow! My friends kept encouraging me to go higher and higher. Since I had the car keys, this must have meant they had confidence in my ability to ski out of there. :nod

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    By time we stopped for lunch, I was once again questioning my sanity. :norton How many other people ski up here on long, skinny touring skis? Probably very few. I looked back where we started from, and it was way off in the distance. I could have managed to ski down the slope in front of me with only a few falls. But we had decided to go the other direction and ski out to a different trailhead to avoid some nasty stretches of icy trail that twisted and turned through the trees. (Turnagain Arm is in the background.)

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    After lunch my friends continued skiing up to the top of this slope, located on the prominent Tincan ridgeline. The slope is steeper than it appears. :eek1 I followed them part-way up, to where the little tree tops are poking out of the deep snow about half-way up. Then I turned around and scouted out a route that I felt I could safely descend on my long skis. Oh my... Having Randonee skis would have made thiings much easier.... My friends had fun making turns and multiple face plants. :lol3

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    We did some side-hill traversing of some steep slopes on the way out and at one really steep, bumpy section we all took our skis off and walked down. The photo below shows the southern Tincan ridgeline. We were fairly high up on the other side, relative to where NORMAL folks with long, skinny backcountry touring skis usually stay - down lower in the valleys! My friends skied up to an area close to the big cornices almost 1/3 of the way up.

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    This was one of those long, challenging days when I was very happy to finally make it back to the cars. Tomorrow we're heading to Hatcher Pass, but I'm NOT taking my touring skis to the top of any ridgelines. :D
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  17. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    While it was just a quick loop around Fairbanks, damn was it nice to get out and ride this afternoon. :clap Can't wait for the snow to go away, the nighthawk is a lot heavier to push than the WR was.
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  18. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Since your from FB, how's the weather ,roads etc up there?
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    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Depending on the sign, it was 27-31 degrees yesterday and got down to about 5 degrees last night. Main roads are mostly clear, Steese is clear as far as Fox, and its clear almost all the way to Chena Hot Springs, and the better businesses have scraped their parking lots. Weather reports are saying 30+ most the rest of the week, and warmer next week. :clap
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  20. nuttynu

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    Magnificent day out here in girdWood ,with a bit of a chill down the neck.

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