Sept-early Oct calendar

September 14 and beyond  Serious  Climbing.  We meet at the Rock Dump to make a somewhat serious attempt to climb stronger The goal is to develop endurance by climbing lots of climbs at an easy level and supplement that with exercises intended to build strength and agility.  Pete and Carl are instigating. We meet at 5:30 PM. No experience necessary.  You can rent shoes and they will loan you a harness for free. If you do not have a pass the Rock Dump costs $15. All are welcome and no previous experience necessary. We are probably going to do this every Thursday if there is interest.

September 16. Heinzlman Ridge. Ryland Buller is leading a trip up Heinzlman Ridge and following the ridge toward Nugget Mountain to see how far we can get on an autumn day. This is a fairly long day that does not require technical gear. If interested, contact Ryland by 6PM Friday. (314) 307 4252. This could be moved to Sunday if the weather looks better.

 September 23 Cairn Peak and maybe Observation. Carl Reese is leading a trip up Cairn Peak and if we have time continue on to Observation. This is a fairly long day that does not require technical gear. The views from the top are grand. If interested, contact Carl by 6PM Friday, Sept 22. 723-9323 This could be moved to Sunday if the weather looks better.

Sept 30 MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs.  Carl is leading a trip to develop a new climbing area that is within mile’s hike from the Eagle Valley Center (SAGA). There are several cliffs and boulders that are already prepped. 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 Sept 29.

October 7th weekend is open for anybody that that wants to lead a trip somewhere.

October 14, Carl is leading a trip to the Grandchild Peaks.  It’s a moderate to difficult climb. If you are interested contact Carl (723-9323) before 7PM October 13th..

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September Calendar

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We are going to put more on the calendar later. Also, if you have ideas text or email them to 723-9323 or hikerreese@gmail.com

September 3. 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 2. 723-9323

Sept 23 MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs.  Carl is leading a trip to develop a new climbing area that is within mile’s hike from the Eagle Valley Center (SAGA). There are several cliffs and boulders that are already prepped. 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 Sept 22.

Sept 13 Our next 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. this is when we build the calendar.

Note that even though autumn is wet in Southeast, we have done some killer stuff in the fall. Sometimes opportunity opens.

June & July 2017

June 1. Evening hike up Mount Juneau. We are going to meet at 5:00 at the Perseverance Trailhead at the end of Basin Road and hike up the regular trail. Look for Alex at the Perseverance Trailhead.

June 3. Juneau Ridge. Dani Evenson is Dani Evenson is leading a trip up Juneau Ridge Loop. This is a moderate climb. Contact Dani by 7PM Friday June 2 if interesteddani_evenson@yahoo.com .

June 8. Evening hike to the Gold Ridge. We are going to meet at 5:30 at the Mt Roberts Trailhead on Basin Road and hike up. Look for Meredith at the trailhead.

June 10. Rock Climbing on the Tee Wall. Carl Reese is leading a trip to climb rocks on the Tee Wall. The Tee Wall is a technical climb above Tee Harbor that is newly developed and in the process of more development. There are bolted climbs up there. You should have a harness and shoes at a minimum and the know how to rappel and climb at, at least the 5.6 level. The Tee Wall has big exposure.  Contact Carl for more info 723-9323.

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June 23-24 “Solstice ridge hike.”  Friday night is going have much better weather than actual.  We are doing a “solstice” hike at night on Clark’s Traverse (Gastineau-Roberts-Sheep-Clark-Perseverance Trail).  The sun will set and rise without getting completely dark, especially on a mountain top. The traverse should take about 8 hours. We plan to start in the evening and by done by about 4 AM.   Contact Carl by Thursday at 6PM if you are interested.  723-9323.

There is nothing scheduled Fourth of July Weekend.

July 14-. Mount Ernest Gruening. Carl Reese is leading a trip of Ernie G. The plan is to bike to the moraine at  Herbert Glacier Friday night (July 7), probably after work. July 8 climb Mt Ernie G and return to find drinks chillin in the river by the moraine camp, and stay again at the moraine camp, and return to town Sunday morning. This trip requires glacier travel, it’s fairly long, some bushwhacking, and some fairly easy rock climbing.   Contact Carl by Thursday at 6PM if you are interested.  723-9323.

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July 23.  Pirate Shore. POSTPONED to some time in August because Carl had other obligations.  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. Experience isn’t necessary. If you are interested, please call  or text Carl before Friday at 7PM. 723-9323. 

The MONTHLY MEETING was postponed for a week due to weather. Sunny weather.

August 9. Past the North Douglas Boat Ramp.  The Juneau Alpine Club is having our meeting outside tomorrow evening. NOT at the Island Pub.  The calendar is empty and we should fix that. Our next monthly meeting is going to be somewhat different than other meetings because it’s going to be sunny tomorrow evening so we are meeting along the side of the road past the North Douglas boat ramp at 6:30 PM.  We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. Bring stuff to drink or eat if you want. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks. Look for Carl and if you don’t know me, call or text 723-9323. I plan to look for a nice spot to build a fire.

April & May

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 7. Climbing Mt Hawthorn. 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 May 5th.

May 14. MerWitch Cliff and other Amalga Cliffs.  Carl is leading a trip to develop a new climbing area that is within mile’s hike from the Eagle Valley Center. 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 May 13.

May 16 or 17. If anyone is interested in climbing Hawthorn peak Tue 5/16 or Wed 5/17 contact Pete Boyd (prb518@gmail.com).  This is a moderate climb requiring ice axe, crampons, snowshoes/skis. Will be an early start.  Weather next week is looking good.

May 23 Our next  monthly meeting at the McGivney’s in the Valley at 6:30 PM. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks.

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