Sixty-one, sixty-two, sixty-three. Gasping, I counted our ski-steps up the massive wall of snow, pausing to rest at the sixty-third, one ski facing up the mountain and the other planted firmly behind, keeping the weight of our sleds from dragging us down the mountainside. The harness creaked with the 150 lb. sled held on by two straps at my hips. A colossal bank of snow looming overhead grew larger as we toiled upward, its fake summits causing a sigh every few hundred feet. Shadowy indentations and undulations marked crevasses threatening to swallow us up—or gulp us down—at the base of the pass. Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: The 100th mile
This series was called Ocean to Alcan, but we’ve switched directions, so don’t be confused. Our 250+ mile ski traverse expedition from the Yukon to Alaska- across the Kaskawulsh, Hubbard, Seward, Columbus glaciers of the Kluane National Park, the Bagley Icefield and out the Bering glacier of Alaska- is upon us. Our bags are packed, and we’re just a few hours away from our meeting with the US border people at Dalton Cache, AK to get pre-clearance to do a wilderness crossing in the high mountains of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It’s extremely difficult to get these types of pre-clearances these days, and we’re very lucky!
This is my only (near) real time entry for this expedition (written at 7am on May 6), as we set out on the trail tomorrow morning. We’ll hopefully be half way up the Kaskawulsh glacier here in the Yukon when you read this, but you can see if I’m right. Follow our GPS tracks by ‘liking’ this page:
A little video of the pack and a few last minute details. See you soon!