Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Chugach 12 Summits Linkup

Chugach 12 Summits Linkup
July 9th, 2006, Joe Stock and I climbed all 5000 foot summits in the Western Chugach in a single 23 hour push, starting at the Rabbit Lake trailhead and finishing and the Snowhawk Valley Trailhead. For a writeup of the excursion, see http://www.trailrunnermag.com/article.php?id%20=97&cat=8. Here are some of the photos from the 20000 vertical feet, 40 mile crusher:

Starting out at 04:10 am on July 9th, 2006, from the Rabbit Lake trailhead

City of Anchorage waking up behind us

Foggy and rainy in the early morning, here in the way up to the first summit, South Suicide

N. Suicide from S. Suicide

Clearing weather!

Back down in the fog ... North ridge of N. Suicide

Summit of Avalanche Peak

This is where we're going ... the Ramp, Hidden Peak and O'Malley Peak

The Ramp, Williwaw Mnt, the Tanainas, and Temptation Peak

Joe's wife and friend Andrew met us at the Ramp with lunch (thanks guys!)

Summit of the Ramp with Avalanche Peak in the background

Heading up the snow gully to Williwaw Mnt

Long lake and the Tanainas from Williwaw Mnt

5 minutes rest on the summit of Koktoya Peak

Long lake from Koktoya with ominous weather coming in
Looking towards Anchorage

Tanainas from summit of Tikishla

Heading up Temptations peak (#12) in waning light and closing fog

Starting the long decent and hike out Snowhawk valley in the dark

After 3 hours of bushwhacking out the Snowhawk valley we finally hit the road and trailhead at 03:23 am on July 10th.

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