I am not from Alaska but it seems to me like it has been a wired winter up here. I thought I was coming to the state that produces epic ski movies, people skiing over the head powder, and boosting off snow covered spines. Also we all know that on the coast you can have one storm that dumps 5 feet of snow overnight, WHERE IS THE STORM!!!! Ever since are mega hurricane storm all we have gotten is Hawaii's tropical weather. It is not super hot, still cold but lots of rain. The last few weeks we have been able to get high enough (2,000ft) to ski some good snow but times are changing. Last 4 days we have experienced lots of rain and warmer weather. The snow pack is saturated from the bottom up and not freezing. We have watch the avi danger go from low (level 1) to Considerable (level 3). With this problem we saw are first avalanche victims that unfortunately lead to one human fatality and one dog fatality. With all this sad news the skis have gone away for a little, the hiking shoes and shoe crampons have come back out.
With lots of stress from finals week I needed to get out and reset my mind, lucky miranda was in the same vote. We had a window of time this morning to sneak away before are afternoon finals. I picked near point for the shortness of the hike and I finally figured out the state parks tail system. We left the trailhead at 8 and it took us 2 hours to summit. Hiking here this winter is like hiking up a ice rink. I never hike with poles or shoe crampons but this year in alaska they are very useful! We summited at 10, just in time to watch the sunrise. Ya, 10 am sunrise, days are getting dark up here! Two more days of finals, then the true adventures begin in the dark. ALASKA IS DARK, BUT PRETTY AWSOME!
Its been a busy month to be a seawolf this month, but all is well. We started the month off by going to colorado for a 10 day ski trip, it was epic. When we were there it snowed three feet! We had some awesome training but some really fun free skiing. Seeing and skiing all the snow in colorado made the team fired up for winter back in AK. Even though it was 40 degrees and raining in Anchorage. So while the lower 48 is cold and snowing we are getting Hawaii's warm wet weather. We came back to AK and the mountains had less snow on them from before we had left . So it was time to put the skis away and get the hiking shoes back out.
OOOOOOOO MID TERMS. School is starting to get tuff and stressful so what do u do...... go get lots in the mountains. With only one day off a week it is hard to get motivation to go hike mountains when you can hardly walk because you are so sore from work out but hey your young, dumb, and in collage, you go hard all the time! Stay up till 1, and get up 6, 6 hours of sleep your good to go. Best think about hiking in alaska is that late morning starts still feel like alpine starts. Its 8 o'clock and you are leaving the trailhead with your headlamp on. The sun places tricks with you all day, it feels like it either 8 in the morning or 6 at night no in-between. This was a quick hike but well needed. Also it was sweet to find a hut to ski to this winter, hopefully.
Quick overview of the beautiful day, leave anchorage 7 am, get to crow pass trailhead at 8:30, get to cabin at 10:30, crow pass 11:00, back to car 1:00, and back home to study at 2:30! It was so cool to hike in this area. It is a little bite of a drive from Anchorage but it is such a easy hike that puts you so deep and into the mountains really quick its well worth it. I was pumped to see a guy up skiing the 5 inch of fresh and was amazing to find out that he use to live in Breckenridge and we had some friends in common. Saw a few day hikers, some runners, and 2 others headed into go ski for a few days. SUCH A BAD ASS PLACE CANT WAIT TO VISIT IT MORE AND IN THE WINTER!!!