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  • #570122
    D-GREEN
    336 Posts

    (Disclaimer) This another solo trip with no action shots, just lots of scenery on an epic day.

    I haven’t been out in quite a while now as shown by my lack of TRs, so I decided it was time to make good use of my one day off this week and get on it, with or without any partners. I decided it was time to ride Alpenglow mtn, a peak I’ve been scoping out for about 10 years now. Seriously. It’s the highest peak on the Turnagain Arm at 4419. Unfortunately it’s on the other side of the arm and not easily attained. F**k it, I’m going!
    It’s a three mile paddle across Turnagain Arm which has the second highest tide in America at 30′. When a new tide comes in every 12.5 hours, it comes in a Bore Tide which can reach up to 6′ high at 15 mph. (It’s kinda crazy)…I opted to paddle in and out at high tides.

    High tide was 8:30 am and again at 9:30pm

    It took 2 hours to paddle 3 miles fighting tide currents and wind, but I made it! Only to find a WALL of snow to climb.

    No big deal, climbed the wall of debris and up an avy chute full trees and chunder to where I could finally skin up and go.

    A good look at my destination, finally.


    Up to the ridge, the long long ridge.

    The obligatory self portrait up high, what a guy.

    Once on the ridge, I ran into a “boot” pack that I followed. After a while I ran into these trailblazers cutting the path for me.


    I guess it wasn’t a bootpack after all. I mean who else would be crazy enough to come up here? Freagin’ goats, gotta love ’em. So, pushing on. Up up the ridge.

    and looking down the ridge and at the arm, Turnagain Arm that is.

    FINALLY the peak! 2 hours of paddling and 6.5 hours of hiking.
    Looking across to Girdwood (my home) and Alyeska resort.

    Looking down the run


    and one more shot of the ridgeline up, turnagain arm, and the line down

    Back at the bottom celebrating life with a beer!

    So that’s it for the the photos. Unfortunately I tried to film my ride, but my camera was pointed directly at the ground and only got a lot of snow. I got to watch the bore tide go by from the top of the mountain which was pretty cool. Then the ride was “variable” with pockets of pow among lots of carvable crust and hard packed avy debris. Towards the bottom it became a fast slush, Very fun. I became elated with my turns and laxadazical about safety concerns. That’s when my sluff hit me and took me out in river of wet snow. I got “Chugached” at the bottom of my run! fortunately I got of it, well actually it stopped, before going over a cliffed out waterfall.
    Then it was back to the boat and paddle across again. This time the wind had picked up and the tide was still moving in, not quite high tide yet. And the wind and tide were going in opposite directions, of course. I paddled across 4′ plus whitecapped waves, literally fighting for my life most of the way. I almost got rolled twice, if not more, but I made it out alive and ready to ride another day. Yay! 13.5 hours later I’m at home and EXHAUSTED!!! Thanks for reading this, and I hope you enjoyed it…
    I did

    :mrgreen:

    #606091
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    That is great stuff, thanks for posting.
    You deserved the brew, good haul D.
    :thatrocks:

    #606092
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    holy cow, that’s an intense trip to be doing solo … well done and glad you made it back home safe!!! 😯

    thumbs up!

    #606093
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    That kicks ass!! Thanks for sharing! Cool background info about dealing with the tides & all. Great TR

    #606094
    renoenvy
    105 Posts

    Yes!!!!

    #606095
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    @D-GREEN wrote:

    … and I hope you enjoyed it… I did

    I did too! Great TR!
    Man, you are really fit as a fiddle! Respect!

    #606096
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Thats a serious adventure! A++++
    Sooo,………..what happens if you roll?

    Do you use a life vest?

    #606097
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Sweet dude.

    I was thinking about the roll factor when I a saw your $1,000 board tied on. I guess you wouldn’t be that concerned about your board if you went in though.

    Was it WyoSplit that did a paddle trip to nab the Skillet a few years ago?

    #606098
    D-GREEN
    336 Posts

    I did my best not to think about rolling, for I would not be here if I did. I definitely had a life vest on and a marine radio…But still, at a mile+ out in freezing 4+ foot waves of Alaskan seas…

    Well, I’m glad to be here BSing with you all.

    #606099
    Tap
    126 Posts

    that was AK big. nice work adn thx for sharing

    #606100
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    Freaking awesome TR D-Green. I guess that kayak paddle is the AK version of the CA bushwack. Killer work dude, great approach, awesome photos and very cool that you had some boot pack trail breakers. Very cool stuff. You say only 4400′ for your quest, but with the paddle, skin, boot, ride and paddle that is one hell of an outing for sure. For your next trick you could catch your lunch or dinner on the way across or back. You rock.

    #606101
    digdug
    88 Posts

    more paddle access! great trip/ TR. amazing country so close to Anch

    #606102
    kjkrow
    353 Posts

    Very cool, hardcore solo paddle and snow stoke at the same time! Nice work and way to keep the right side up on your kayak, those sound like pretty rough conditions to paddle through with a board on top.

    #606103
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    Amazing stuff! 8)

    #606104
    pigpen86
    1 Posts

    You are a hero….sweet pics with the kayak with snowboard on it……Never thought of using me boat to haul my board…….wise man you are…..

    #606105
    bigdood
    457 Posts

    AWESOME!

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