April

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April 10, Monthly meeting at the Island Pub at 6:30 PM. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks.

April 11. Evening hike to the Tram. We are going to meet at 5:30 at the Tram Trailhead on Basin Road and hike up. Look for Carl at the trailhead.

April 13. Ice climbing Mendenhall Glacier.  Pete Boyd is leading a trip to the glacier to climb ice on Friday. If you are available on Friday, this could be fun. The plan is to top rope and climb. You will need crampons, a harness, and ice tools. You may be able to borrow the latter. Access to the glacier is to hike West Glacier trail. If you are interested, email Pete by Wednesday evening. prb518@gmail.com

April 14. Mount Jumbo. Pete Boyd is leading a trip up Mount Jumbo.  You will need winter gear that could include backcountry skis, snowshoes, and/or crampons. Contact Pete by Thursday for more info. prb518@gmail.com

April 18. Self arrest and Ice Axe practice. Carl Reese and Meredith Trainor are leading a self arrest and ice axe use practice at Eaglecrest in the evening. We will meet at Eaglecrest at 5:30 PM in front of the Porcupine Lodge, hike uphill to where we find a steep slope and fall down the hill and practice using an axe to stop. For more info contact Carl 723-9323

April 23.  Pirate Shore.  Develop rock climbing along the shore between Amalga Harbor and Boy Scout Beach. We are going to clean some rocks, brush some trails, and climb some rocks. If you are interested, please call  or text Carl before Saturday at 7PM. 723-9323. Note we originally planned a ski trip this weekend but the snow is hard as diamonds right now.

April 29-30. Alex Burkhart is leading a trip to the Grandchild Peaks. If the weather permits this will be an overnight trip that will involve snow camping.  Talk to Alex about gear and preparedness. It’s a moderate trip but you don’t want to find yourself at snowline unprepared for conditions. Avalanche gear and an understanding of how to use them may be needed as well depending on snow conditions.

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May 6. MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs.  Carl is leading a trip to develop a new climbing area. The plan is to go out to Amalga area and make some trails to some cliffs we have been developing and climb if it’s not too wet. You will need a harness and climbing shoes if you want to climb.   Experience isn’t necessary. If interested, contact Carl by 6PM

 

Feb-March 2017 Calendar

Wednesday 2/15 Pete Boyd will be hiking the West Glacier Spur Trail and dealing with as much maintenance / clearing brush as possible. This trail is one of the main access points to the glacier and is regularly used by rescue groups if lake crossing is unavailable.

If interested contact Pete Boyd (prb518@gmail.com) by Tuesday 2/14

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Feb 18-20. Dani Evenson is leading a trip to that is a loop up Mount Jumbo the regular route and descending through Dan Moller Basin on Feb 19 or 20. The day will depend on weather. February 20th is a President’s Day. It’s a moderate trip but talk to Dani about gear prior.  Contact Dani by 7PM Friday February 17 if interested.dani_evenson@yahoo.com 

Feb 22. Climbing Mt Hawthorn this Wednesday. Ice axe, crampons and maybe snowshoes are required in addition to standard winter hiking gear. The climb is long and strenuous.

If interested contact Pete Boyd prb518@gmail.com before 7 pm Tuesday 2/21.

March 11-12, Alex Burkhart is leading a trip to the Grandchild Peaks. If the weather permits this will be an overnight trip that will involve winter camping.  Talk to the trip leader about gear and preparedness. It’s a moderate trip but you don’t want to find yourself at snowline unprepared for conditions. Avalanche gear and an understanding of how to use them may be needed as well depending on snow conditions.

If interested contact Alex alex.burkhart@gmail.com before March 10th at 7PM.  The trip is weather dependent.
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Jan & early Feb 2017

January 12th. Moonlight Cross Country Skiing. It’s full moon and should be bright enough to ski without a headlamp. Bring one just in case. The snow is icy at the trails in the Valley so we are  meeting at Eaglecrest Porcupine Lodge at 6PM.  Call Carl if you want more info or show up.  723-9323.

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January 14. Backcountry Ski trip, Site to be determined but probably Mt Troy, Ben Stewart, or Fish Creek Knob.  The trip is organized by Keith Andrews and Ryland Buller. The forecast right now is for rain from about 2,000 feet so we will head to a higher bowl.  You should have a beacon, probe, and shovel and know how to use them.  Contact Keith Andrews (957-6055) or Ryland (314) 307 4252 by Friday, January 13th if interested.

January 29th,  Winter McGinnis Climb. Carl Reese will lead a climb up Mount McGinnis. This climb has been a Juneau Alpine Club standard for a long time. This climb requires ice axe, crampons, and snowshoes. Backcountry ski gear could also work. It’s a strenuous climb and you should know how to self arrest with an ice axe. Given the warming condition this trip will require beacon, probe, and shovel and an understanding of how to use them.  If you are interested contact Carl (723-9323) before 7PM Saturday January 28th

dscn2980February 4th. Glacier Skills practice at Mendenhall Glacier. We are practicing glacier travel skills on the glacier near the ice caves. We are going practice roping up, climbing ropes with prussic and/or ascenders, and pulling people out of a crevasses with a z drag. We may visit the ice caves as well.  To participate you will have to have crampons, ice axe, two prussic, and harness at a minimum. If you have other glacier safety gear, bring it along.  This was postponed to later in Feb. We will firm the details the annual meeting.

February 9. Annual Meeting and board elections. The Club will provide pizza. Meeting at the Pizzaria Roma 6:30 PM. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. We will also elect board members. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks.

 

Dec/early January

December 4. Backcountry Skiing, Ben Stewart. The Oxford dictionary defines “Optimism: the belief that there will be snow on Sunday at elevation.” Carl plans to head up Ben Stewart on Sunday to see if it’s possible to find enough snow for skiing and splitboarding.   A beacon, probe, and shovel are needed. Contact Carl by Saturday night around 7PM for more info.  723-9323.  This could work or it could be the act of carting skis to the top of a mountain only to cart them back down.

December 15th. Moonlight Cross Country Skiing. It is almost a full moon and should be bright enough to ski without a headlamp. Bring one just in case. We are going out on the trails at Mendenhall Lake and meeting at Skater’s Cabin at 6PM.  Call Carl if you want more info or show up.  723-9323

December 17. Ice Climbing. Dani and Pete are leading an ice climbing trip. The location will depend on conditions and skill level of those wanting to play. Contact the trip leaders before THURSDAY to discuss details. Pete: prb518@gmail.com or Dani: dani_evenson@yahoo.com

December 24. Winter climb up Mount Jumbo. Pete Boyd is leading a trip up Mount Jumbo on Christmas Eve. You will need winter gear that could include backcountry skis, snowshoes, and/or crampons. Contact Pete by Dec 22nd for more info. prb518@gmail.com

December 31st. Backcountry Ski trip, Mount Troy. The club is going go backcountry skiing up Mount Troy. You should have a beacon, probe, and shovel and know how to use them.  Contact Keith Andrews by Friday, December 30th if interested.   957-6055

 

November Calendar 2016

November 11. Veteran’s Day. Ice climbing Mendenhall Glacier.  Pete Boyd is leading a trip to the glacier to climb ice on Friday, Veteran’s Day. The plan is to top rope and climb. You will need crampons, a harness, and ice tools. You may be able to borrow the latter. Access to the glacier will either be by paddling across the lake or hiking the West Glacier trail. The route will depend upon the group and lake conditions. If you are interested, email Pete by Wednesday evening. prb518@gmail.com

November 19-20. Hike around Douglas Island. Alex Burkhart is leading a two day-one night trip around Douglas Island.  This is a non technical but difficult trip. You will need to have some good quality cold weather gear. For more info contact Alex at alex.burkhart@gmail.com  by November 17.

November 26. Carl Reese is planning a hike out to the ice caves on the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday. How we get out there will depend upon ice conditions on the lake.  Contact Carl by Friday night for more info.  723-9323

October 2016 Calendar

Carl Reese is leading to the Sea Cliffs to climb rocks. You will need a harness and climbing shoes at a minimum. If you have other gear you could bring that. The Sea Cliffs have top ropes sites so no experience is needed. We will be back in plenty of time to go to Reel Rocks Tour. Contact Carl for more info 723-9323

October 8. Mendenhall Glacier Ryland Buller is leading a trip to Mendenhall Glacier. The plan is to kayak/pack/canoe across the lake and do some top roped ice climbing on the glacier itself.  If you don’t have a kayak or other such device, we will see if there is something you can borrow. If interested, contact Ryland by 6PM Friday Oct 7. (314) 307 4252

October 15-16. Grandchild Peaks. Dani Evenson is leading a trip to the Grandchild Peaks this weekend. The trip will either be an overnighter or a day trip depending upon weather conditions. It’s a moderate trip but talk to Dani about gear prior.  Contact Dani by 7PM Friday October 14 if interested.dani_evenson@yahoo.com dscf0168

DSCF1676Sunday October 23. MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs.   The plan is to go out to Amalga area and make some trails to some cliffs we have been developing and climb if it’s not too wet. The forecast for Sunday is “partly cloudy.” You will need a harness and climbing shoes if you want to climb.   Experience isn’t necessary. If interested, contact Ryland by 6PM Friday Oct 22. (314) 307 4252  This is a CHANGE IN SCHEDULE FROM what was originally planned at Herbert Glacier but we haven’t had enough time to scout things out.

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November 1, Monthly meeting at the Pizzaria Roma at 6:30 PM. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks.

Sept 2016

September 11. Mount Bullard. Carl Reese is leading a trip up Mount Bullard. This is a fairly long day that does not require technical gear. There is a stream crossing and some bushwhacking. The views from the top are grand. If interested, contact Carl by 6PM Saturday, Sept 10. 723-9323

September 25. MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs. Carl Reese is organizing a day out climbing and exploring rock climbing cliffs near Amalga. We already have done some work in the area. The weather calls for some showers on Sunday and whether we climb or brush out a trail will depend on conditions. If interested, contact Carl by 6PM Saturday, Sept 24. 723-9323.

September 27, Monthly meeting at the Island Pub at 6:30 PM. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks.