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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:12 pm 
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If you've got the skills to take care of yourself in the swiss alps then you can take care of your self in AK (at least from a touring perceptive). Though a tour guide will save you a lot of time and will get you access to thing that you wouldn't do without someone letting you know "it's ok, the line goes".


I'm very glad we took a guide. We would never had dropped into that line if he wouldn't had said "it's ok" :lol:
Even though I read about how different the snowpack is and about the low level avy danger at the moment here, it's just... my eyes and judgement are adapted to my mtns at home.

Had a great day out on Turnagain Pass, Tin Can, Ted's Run with wonderful warmish bluebird - yay!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:58 pm 
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Powder is definitely out there, but look out for hard pack and ice. We've had 2 helicopter rescues in the last 4 days! Good job getting a guide.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:14 am 
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I've heard from two people that have spent a lot of spring seasons on Thompson that a good amount of riding can be accessed by bootpack? I was going to bring my solid (just bought a 160 Venture Odin, yeah!) for a day of heli, but it sounds like I should maybe bring my snowshoes(MSR, not verts) as well? My partner will definently not be bringing snowshoes. Any opinion?


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:58 am 
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Most everything on Thompson Pass that I can think of is benched. Once you are on top of a bench, and at the base of the mountains, the boot packing is great! But you have to get up the bench and to those mountains. I highly recommend a split board or hitching a sled ride up. Snowshoes don't work well hiking straight up, you need a locked heel (verts)… straight up boot packing is fine though.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:06 pm 
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Most everything on Thompson Pass that I can think of is benched. Once you are on top of a bench, and at the base of the mountains, the boot packing is great! But you have to get up the bench and to those mountains. I highly recommend a split board or hitching a sled ride up. Snowshoes don't work well hiking straight up, you need a locked heel (verts)… straight up boot packing is fine though.



Thanks.

Is there a toilet on the pass?


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:43 am 
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Yes. Public bathrooms at the Tsaina lodge, portable toilets at Tailgate, and forest service bathrooms at Worthington Glacier (which may, or may not, be locked up for the winter).

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:11 pm 
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How has the touring been around there? 30 percent chance of rain on Sunday? Thompson pass has been real good but we want to check out some different terrain. Rode hatcher last thurs. What a state!!


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska trip - got some hints for a AK noob?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:05 pm 
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Rain down low, snow up high today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Touring is still good here, not great but good, stick to North facing aspects though.

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