The Adventure Chronicles

August 8, 2014 - 1:26pm

First Ascent of Mt. Muir from Harriman Fjord

From the Article in the June 2014 Journal of the Alaskan Mountaineering Club

After a busy winter working with a movie project in Seward, and before an even busier guiding season coming up, Nathan Lane and I decided to try and get a little lost in Prince William Sound and enjoy the calm eye of the storm. We launched my 16 foot inflatable Achilles boat (the HMS Marmot) in Whittier on April 28th while the last rain clouds were working their way West out of the Sound, leaving five blue bird days and ridiculously calm seas.

I had been looking at topo maps and Google Earth of Mt. Muir for a year and daydreaming what Harriman Fjord looked like. We tried to get back into the fjord during our end of the season guide trip for Exit...

May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

I was supposed to have my first Mountain Marathon Shakedown / Breakfast on the Mountain trip, but unfortunately the clients were a no show.  Bummer for them.  I figured what the heck, I'd take myself and my dog Paisley to  see how all the systems worked.

The trip is designed for clients that would like a quick, early, rigorous hike up about 1000 feet to the bench then come down by 9:30... in time to make the boat trips or trip back to Anchorage.  The teaser is the coffee and bagels on an overlook above town.  Breakfast on the Mountain...what a concept.

It turned out to be a spectacular day....misty, a bit foggy, and cool tempertures for a quick ascension up the 'Bench Trail' of Mount Marathon.  Paisley and I made it up to the Bench...

May 29, 2014 - 3:57pm

During the seasonal migration to Seward I had the opportunity to meet up with Brian Dodd and Ross Downer  in the Wind River Range for a bit skiing and exploring in some of the most impressive mountains the Rockies have to offer.  The Winds stretch for about 100 miles, contain 19 of 20 of Wyoming's 13,000 ft. summits, and makeup three of the state's designated wilderness areas.  After notable snowfall in the region throughout the winter, early May looked like a great time to visit.

 

We...

May 29, 2014 - 8:44am

Check it out! The Trip Flip episode where we took the Travel Channel folks ice climbing on Godwin Glacier just aired last night. The episode is called "Surviving Alaska." There's some video and photos on the travel channel's website from the episode. Thanks to Kim Barnard from the Sugar Mountain crew for letting us know it aired!

May 28, 2014 - 7:30am

 

Last couple days I was up on the ice with the other guides training.  What a kick.  I haven’t done technical climbing much less on a glacier.  It was quite the rush rappelling into a crevasse.  Was cool beyond words.

 

Since my main job is to lead the day hikes I spent the second half of yesterday scoping out the Harding Ice Field Trail.  When people ask, I describe the “HIT” as a ‘life hike’…simply you’re not likely to do anything like it in your entire life.  It climbs 3000 feet roughly paralleling Exit Glacier up the valley.  The views are intense and, really, are hard to describe.  I’ve taken families up the trail, and although it is a strenuous hike, once they...

May 26, 2014 - 10:26am

Trevor displaying some glacier dexterity skills during an early season scouting run on Godwin glacier. Don't try this at home!

May 24, 2014 - 7:19pm

Just had my first hike with Exit Glacier Guides.  I took a single up into 'the Bowl'....one of my favorite hikes.  It climbs directly above town and within minutes you're consorting with the goats.   With a babbling stream running through rock strewn alpine tundra,  it truly is a Shangri-la.  We came up over a rise looking down into the Jap Glacier  canyon when suddenly a ptarmigan...still in white...popped up beside us.  Fantastic experience.  I can't wait to get up there again.

May 14, 2014 - 2:20pm

This will be my fifth season up in Seward, and I cannot wait to be back.  Since graduating from college, Seward as been the place I feel most at home.  In the last four years I have lived in many places, from upstate New York to New Hampshire to Montana.  Through it all, Seward is the one constant.  Not only it is a beautiful town surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the people of Seward are top-notch! The job isn't too bad either! I'm excited to return home in a few days.  However, on the way to Alaska for the summer season, I am lucky enough to have a week in Colorado to get in some skiing, ice climbing and rock climbing.  

The weather this week has been something else.  I was planning on meeting up with my cousin to go alpine climbing...

May 4, 2014 - 9:20am

Oi todo mundo!

Blackhawk Down here, reporting from South America about some recent trips I took to both local climbing destinationas and Patagonia!

 

Travelling to Patagonia has been one of my lifelong dreams, and so I figured I better do it right. Ignoring, as I always do, potential conflicts with school (I am supposedly studying abroad), I decided to extend what was a four day weekend into a 23 day vacation into Argentina and Chilean Patagonia. I started the...

April 18, 2014 - 5:30am

Being born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was never far from the mountains. I grew up with both of my parents working at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which quickly became my second home. Skiing in the winter and hiking in the canyons during the summers at an early age. Skiing soon became my passion and it consumed my mind at all times. During high school I joined the Snowbird Freeski Team and the Junior Freeride Tour, competing all over North America. I even graduated high school at Thanksgiving of my senior year, just to be able to ski everyday for that season.

As college came around I wanted a new adventure but knew that I needed the mountains close by, so I headed up to Bozeman, Montana to attend University. I feel in love with Montana's wide open spaces, laid...