Forums Trip Reports VALDEZ!!! Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 44 total) 1 2 3 → Author Posts April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm #576827 D-GREEN 336 Posts …field-tested & alaskan approved (at least that’s what their stickers say). OK, 2 weeks in “The Mecca” and this is what I came back with. 73 photos here and not many “action” shots but hopefully a couple that might wake you up and make ya wanna poop. Day 1 at our new camp, yay! and it snowed out Day 2 we rode up The Worthington Glacier to Acopolco and climbed to some steeps then we brapped around a little and returned back to camp Then it was out to The Books! where we turned a couple of pages and I feel a little smarter already (we backed off the final page of this book because the wind was starting to howl) but Oh My God! The Books from afar The next day was a mellow one on Crudbusters where I got a good look at the Iguana Backs …is this sh*t for real?! Then… a down day around town sight seeing and the building of our new home Still yucky out, but into the backyard and onto Stairway anyways Then the sun came back out and it was off to The Iguana Backs yes, they’re for real fun in the sun Time to take a short break from hiking and do a little heli-ing with Valdez Heli-ski Guides! (when in Rome…) Back to real life… of being a ski bum that is and now that I feel a little practiced up, it’s onto the big boys! Starting with wait for it The Tusk! our first obstacle and we’re off! To the top where Dean Cummings rope still hangs rotting on the rocks and it’s just a little steep or is it just me? Damage done (The Tusk took one knee out of six) F-n STOKED!!! The Tusk, 1900′ N facing ramp of 50-60 degree vertical pitch Then back to camp to dry out some gear and off to DIMOND!!! (4000′ at 55 degrees W facing fear of God) where we met our first obstacle and Eric’s foot found free air and space under the bridge 😯 but he pushed on and mission aborted/crevasse abstraction narrowly averted YES! Time to climb! and climb Do Not look back, Never Look Back! until you’re over the top (3.5 hours of booting straight up later!) Can you see the helicopter? It’s just coming off of the peak of Stairway (No, you can’t. It’s less than a speck from this far up!) Just a little giddy at this point and definetly time to cheese it up Oh Sh*t, this is it/last chance Dropping and Stoked to be at the bottom and ALIVE!!! our lines over the Bergschrund our hike up in blue and ride down in red Back to my friends base camp for a celebratory beer and then time to roll for sunset and party at Rendezvous Lodge (every bar should have a lit up Heli out the back window) THEN… then it was time to cheat my way up to the next monster METEORITE! 3000′ W facing 54-57degrees of goodness Looking down or trying to anyways and there goes our support that’s Alaska Snowboard Guides. They are a brand new Heli operation this season and if you ever get a chance to go Heli-riding in Valdez, Alaska… Go with them! You too might get this Well, that plum wore me out. And, my igloo has been devestated by the sun and turned into “The Deathstar” So I guess it’s time to burn it down so sad One last look at those things of beauty and I’m out April 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm #655163 nickstayner 700 Posts Absolutely great. Thanks! April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm #655164 christoph benells 717 Posts damn why dont i live there? April 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm #655165 spicoli11 288 Posts The Tusk!! Awesome stoke in there…thanks for sharing. April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm #655166 whistlermaverick 312 Posts Hell yeah!! Love those Iguana Backs. @j.memay April 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm #655167 JimmyC 351 Posts Wow!! Very cool!! April 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm #655168 imported_MountainDog 160 Posts Hudge stoke! That was awesome! April 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm #655169 swanny 189 Posts You Guys Are NUTS! :headbang: April 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm #655170 christoph benells 717 Posts quoting TB7 valdez section “the books are open. get your library card out” now i get it… April 17, 2012 at 12:27 am #655171 UTAH 830 Posts Your killing me D. A lifetime of memories in there. So SICK April 17, 2012 at 1:25 am #655172 spruce cabin 263 Posts 😳 Yep. I pooped. April 17, 2012 at 4:25 am #655173 jbaysurfer 947 Posts Wow DGreen….that’s unbelievable. So stoked for you dude. Plan on me coming up there at some point soon, cause that’s got to happen. :headbang: April 17, 2012 at 5:43 am #655174 iriecoyote 291 Posts The terrain is otherworldly. Seems to abide to different rules of nature than the lower 48 as well. Gnarly and well done old boy. :clap: :clap: :clap: April 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm #655177 classicauto 152 Posts Did Jeremy truck you guys out to the books? Looks like some juicey climbs! Verts getting worked! Fine job! :disco: April 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm #655175 Snowvols 291 Posts Great Stoke! Couldn’t think of a better way to start my Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #655176 singlewhitecaveman 242 Posts That might be the TR of the year. Insane! April 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm #655178 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts Excellent! :thatrocks: Some great descents in there! April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm #655179 hoji 16 Posts Wow, looks so good!! Im jealous! April 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm #655180 FaDe 83 Posts Absolutely Gorgeous! :drool: Hard work, but worth IT! :thumpsup: April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm #655181 SPLITRIPPIN 709 Posts FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK-EN-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH :thatrocks: :rock: Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 44 total) 1 2 3 → You must be logged in to reply to this topic.