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- April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm #576827D-GREENParticipant
…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
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
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)
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
Time to 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
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
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
One last look at those things of beauty
and I’m out
April 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm #655163nickstaynerParticipant
Absolutely great. Thanks!April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm #655164christoph benellsParticipant
damn why dont i live there?April 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm #655165spicoli11Participant
The Tusk!! Awesome stoke in there…thanks for sharing.April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm #655166whistlermaverickParticipant
Love those Iguana Backs.
@j.memayApril 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm #655167JimmyCParticipant
Wow!! Very cool!!April 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm #655168imported_MountainDogParticipant
Hudge stoke! That was awesome!April 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm #655169swannyParticipant
You Guys Are NUTS! :headbang:April 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm #655170christoph benellsParticipant
quoting TB7 valdez section “the books are open. get your library card out”
now i get it…April 17, 2012 at 12:27 am #655171UTAHParticipant
Your killing me D. A lifetime of memories in there. So SICKApril 17, 2012 at 1:25 am #655172spruce cabinParticipant
I pooped.April 17, 2012 at 4:25 am #655173jbaysurferParticipant
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 #655174iriecoyoteParticipant
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 #655177classicautoParticipant
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 #655175SnowvolsParticipant
Great Stoke! Couldn’t think of a better way to start my TuesdayApril 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #655176singlewhitecavemanParticipant
That might be the TR of the year. Insane!April 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm #655178HikeforTurnsParticipant
Excellent! :thatrocks: Some great descents in there!April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm #655179hojiParticipant
Wow, looks so good!! Im jealous!April 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm #655180FaDeParticipant
Absolutely Gorgeous! :drool:
Hard work, but worth IT! :thumpsup:April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm #655181SPLITRIPPINParticipant
FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK-EN-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH :thatrocks: :rock:
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