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    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.


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    Absolutely amazing. I really should head up a month or two before fishing season with my split next summer.

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    Great solo action

    What are those snow anchors?

    Home made?

    What size ultra craft are you on?

    Looks like ozzie snow conditions!


    Adam West

    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.

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    Such an awesome video. Very well done, especially considering you filmed all of that by yourself in just 3 days.

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    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 ?

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    Very Cool!

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    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:

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    @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. 🙂

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    Nice. You’ve got the solo filming dialed. :thumbsup:

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    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.



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    WOW! great video. thanks for the entertainment.

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    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.

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    Awesome! interesting way to carry your skis under the arm…. I’ve never seen that done.

    Rico in AZ
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    Really cool! Really enjoyed both videos.

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    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

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    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.


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    ^^^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


    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!

    407 Posts

    sweet vid, epic adventure…you da man! :rock:

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