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.
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
February 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dani: email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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. email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com
Sunday 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.
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.
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.
July 7-27 Developing a new set of cliffs near Amalga Harbor. A couple cliffs were already cleaned and set for top rope by Ammon McNeely so you may want to bring your climbing shoes but there are a lot more that can be developed. The cliffs are called the Merwitch Cliffs because the landscape and the sea can make you think of mermaids and witches. The goal is to go out there and clean and drill some bolts. Call or text Carl for more info 723-9323. We plan to meet at the SAGA Eagle Valley Center at 5PM and you can walk from there. Some people may go out earlier. You will need a harness and ATC at a minimum. If you own a rope, drill, wire brush, and/or scraping tools. I like to clean with a hoe and wire brush. Call or Text Carl if you plan to go. 723-9323
7-28 Basic compass map altimeter session. Burton is leading a basic compass map altimeter session in the evening. 6 PM marine park on wharf bring compass topo and altimeter if you have but come regardless. Focus would be on traditional non electronic non battery dependent applications.
8-6 Mendenhall Glacier, explore some new ice caves and do some ice climbing. Contact Pete for more infor firstname.lastname@example.org
June 7, Evening hike up Ben Stewart. Meet at the Eaglecrest parking lot at 6PM rain or shine. Look for Carl
June 18 The club plans a solstice hike at night on Clark’s Traverse (Gastineau-Roberts-Sheep-Clark-Perseverance Trail). Carl is leading a hike on June 18-19 at night. There is close to a full moon and it is three days away from solstice. 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 Saturday at 6PM if you are interested. 723-9323
Hawthorne Peak, May 2014
June 22. Rope and rappelling skills practice. Cliffs on Fritz Cove Road. Pete Boyd is leading a practice of rappelling skills including more advanced ways of backing up your rap. You will need a harness and ATC at a minimum. Contact Pete by 7PM June 21st email@example.com . He needs to know in advance how many people are coming. This is weather dependent.
June 28. Evening hike up Salmon Creek. Meet at the Salmon Creek trailhead at 6PM rain or shine. Look for Pete.
Future Plans. We discussed a trip to Split Thumb this summer, an overnighter to Upper Nugget Basin this summer, an overnighter to Mount Ernest Gruening this summer, and a climbing/ski trip up Mount Wrather next winter. The dates for these have not been set.