Monday, May 26, 2008

Eklutna Traverse: Day Two

After a restless night in the hut due to it being a mosquito breeding ground, I popped out of bed at 7am, ready to start the day. Fresh eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns eased my irritated, sleepless night woes, and I was excited to begin my day.

Early Morning Rock Hopping


It is a surprising distance to the glacier from the Serenity Falls Hut. I was told that GPS measurements from 1997 to 2007 showed the toe of the glacier had retreated 1 mile.

Will and Andy


Beautiful Glacially Carved Valley

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The Toe of the Eklutna Glacier


The toe of the glacier kind of has a rampy forlorn look to it. Instead of the gaping maws with brilliant blue ice, it was dirt streaked white, with baby blue accents. As far as ease of glacier travel, I definitely prefer this tamed down version....We put our skins on our skis straight from the gravel bar onto the glacier. Skinning is so much better than walking.

Will and Andy Skinning Up

Andy with a Big Chugach Peak

Pitchler's Perch is a fantastic Hut that sits up off the side of the Eklutna Glacier. The views from the Hut are gorgeous.

Pitchlers Perch with Peril Peak in the Background

Another Fantastic View from the Hut

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