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 Post subject: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:08 pm 
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3:PM Start, gotta have priorities straight, beer cache for the exit some 7 hours later ...
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Approaching Taylor Pass
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Now we have entered our arena with objective peak straight ahead. Pastoral doesn't have the steepest lines in the pass but is the highest peak on the non-motorized side at 4764'.
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The chutes we came for
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Fantastic views from Pastoral Saddle prior to climbing the ridge to summit. Spencer Glacier is far left.
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DGreen on the ridge ...
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and on the summit :mrgreen:
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Time to rip :P
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Start the long glacier cruise back to our cache :guinness:
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It has really been an awesome season. It all started in Sept on Jewel and who knows when it will end :disco:!


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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:13 pm 
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You caught some gorgeous light! Great photos!

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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:48 pm 
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Just curious if there was any wind up there & which direction as you were skinning up? Looks pretty ideal for kite approach/summit

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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:25 pm 
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lewmt wrote:
Just curious if there was any wind up there & which direction as you were skinning up? Looks pretty ideal for kite approach/summit

Winds were light during most of the tour with the exception of pass, ridges, and summit where the winds picked up a bit >10mph which was refreshing. It was an exceptional spring day for touring :thumpsup: .


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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:38 am 
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Awesome JD and DGreene!

You guys live in an awesome place...someday I want to get up there to ride with you!

I'm gonna guess, the slope on lookers right is south facing? ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:10 pm 
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jbaysurfer wrote:
I'm gonna guess, the slope on lookers right is south facing? ;-)

You are correct, even Sun in it's name :) Well worth the price of admission if you ever get up here :thumpsup:


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 Post subject: Re: June in AK - Pastoral Peak
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:16 pm 
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lewmt wrote:
Just curious if there was any wind up there & which direction as you were skinning up? Looks pretty ideal for kite approach/summit
Last time I was there in may. Gusty winds 40+ knots, area to ride is narrow and there is also a creek on the right side...


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