Forums Trip Reports Crossing Kodiak Island Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 41 total) 1 2 3 → Author Posts May 7, 2014 at 5:00 am #579973 philip.ak 679 Posts I just did a solo 3-day trip across Kodiak Island. It is a route I have hiked in the summer before, but with a stretch of good weather this spring I decided it might make a fun tour on my split. I was in pure travel mode and didn’t try to bag any peaks or seek big lines (especially since I was alone). I just used my split as an efficient way to follow the spine of Kodiak Island from the village of Old Harbor back to my home in Kodiak. Enjoy. http://vimeo.com/94199647 [vimeo:3alibhtw]http://www.vimeo.com/94199647[/vimeo:3alibhtw] May 7, 2014 at 6:20 am #676688 snowsnowsnow 54 Posts Absolutely amazing. I really should head up a month or two before fishing season with my split next summer. May 7, 2014 at 6:41 am #676689 firstlight 721 Posts philip.ak Great solo action What are those snow anchors? Home made? What size ultra craft are you on? Looks like ozzie snow conditions! Cheers Adam West www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au www.splitfest.com.au www.snowsafety.com.au www.mrbc.com.au www.backcountryglobal.com www.alpinefirstaid.com.au May 7, 2014 at 7:05 am #676690 philip.ak 679 Posts @firstlight wrote: What are those snow anchors? Home made? What size ultra craft are you on? The anchors are some 2 liter silnylon stuff sacks I sewed a loop of webbing around and tied a length of cord to. So yes, somewhat home made. They hold amazingly well, weigh nothing, are easy to dig out, shake clean of snow, are not likely to be damaged by your shovel when you go to extract them, and only cost a couple of bucks. A win on every front. I think there may only be one size of Ultracraft (not positive). It’s a 156. It rides like my 163 Solution. May 7, 2014 at 8:53 am #676691 Deebo 33 Posts Such an awesome video. Very well done, especially considering you filmed all of that by yourself in just 3 days. May 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm #676692 TEX 2486 Posts Really Nice video. Thanks for your hard work. it shows Question- Whats the wildlife threat on a trip like this in Alaska? Do you carry a gun? Just wondering if thats part of your equipment checkoff list ? May 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm #676693 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts Very Cool! May 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm #676694 keffler 319 Posts Pretty Sweet Philip! Nice video editing and shots. Hard to believe you did it solo with all those great shots. I guess that means not only did you cover a lot of ground in three days, but you had to cover a lot of ground twice! Really cool. Thanks for sharing. :thumpsup: May 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm #676695 philip.ak 679 Posts @TEX wrote: Whats the wildlife threat on a trip like this in Alaska? Do you carry a gun? Just wondering if thats part of your equipment checkoff list ? I have lived and backcountry traveled in Kodiak and south central AK for 25 years, and all I carry is bear spray. We have lots of Kodiak brown bears, obviously, but they tend to be wary of humans and generally quite well behaved. No other scary critters here on the islands unless you count the bugs, and even those aren’t bad by AK standards. 🙂 May 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm #676696 UPGRAYEDD_2505 127 Posts Nice. You’ve got the solo filming dialed. :thumbsup: May 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm #676697 philip.ak 679 Posts For comparison purposes, here is the summer version of the same trip. I tried to get some similar shots on both trips, so you may recognize a few locations. http://vimeo.com/70740983 [vimeo:1rxu86vs]http://www.vimeo.com/70740983[/vimeo:1rxu86vs] Cheers! May 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm #676698 brainsteak 87 Posts WOW! great video. thanks for the entertainment. May 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm #676699 waltzingmatilda 74 Posts Amazing solo trip, well done. As someone who prefers stills over go pros and doesn’t get why people ruin runs with the selfie on a stick vids, I gotta say the way you used your camera and footage were awesome and made for a really great watch. May 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm #676700 AK 23 Posts Awesome! interesting way to carry your skis under the arm…. I’ve never seen that done. May 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm #676701 Rico in AZ 559 Posts :thumpsup: Really cool! Really enjoyed both videos. Thanks! May 8, 2014 at 1:41 am #676702 firstlight 721 Posts philip.ak I had a look at the fat bike video of yours, love that ride footage up to the little lake through the creek bed? Great stuff! Adam West www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au www.splitfest.com.au www.snowsafety.com.au www.mrbc.com.au www.backcountryglobal.com www.alpinefirstaid.com.au May 8, 2014 at 4:17 am #676703 philip.ak 679 Posts Thanks for all the kind feedback, gents. I have to agree that most gopro snowboarding footage makes me want to gouge my eyes out too. I am glad I can please a fellow teletubbie skeptic. 🙂 To carry the board under your arms through brush, I use an 18″ Voile strap and double loop it over the board, passed through the vertical daisy chain on the side of my pack. I put the strap across the board right at the touring bracket or the balance point so that it sits there nicely without wanting to sag forward or rearward, and I pass the boards inside the shoulder straps (important). The boards don’t need any further stabilization and ride there very nicely. Hang the bindings off a caribiner off the back of the pack to keep them out of the way. Cheers. May 8, 2014 at 7:15 am #676704 96avs01 875 Posts ^^^Thanks for the great TR contribution and the bushwack horizontal board carry details! :thatrocks: 165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks 163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s 162 Furberg Chris May 8, 2014 at 8:57 am #676705 D-GREEN 336 Posts Awesome videos, both of them. I did not see one single mosquito though, so I’m gonna have to call BS! Very nice, solid, work. I could actually feel the different moments of the day, like reading John Muir. Thanks for sharing, and remember, more mosquitos! May 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm #676706 sdmarkus 407 Posts sweet vid, epic adventure…you da man! :rock: Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 41 total) 1 2 3 → You must be logged in to reply to this topic.