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

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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.

July/August Calendar

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 prb518@gmail.com

June Calendar 2016

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

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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 prb518@gmail.com . He needs to know in advance how many people are coming. This is weather dependent.

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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. ???????????????????????????????

April/May Calendar

April 23. Mount Juneau/Granite Basin Loop. Dani Evenson is leading a trip up the Juneau Ridge/Granite Basin loop this Saturday. This is a moderate climb and snow shoes may be helpful depending on conditions.   Contact Dani by 7PM Friday April 22 if interested.dani_evenson@yahoo.com

May 21 . Clark’s Traverse. Carl is leading a hike/climb up Clark’s Traverse. This is a climb going Mount Roberts to Sheep Mt to Mt Clark and returning Perseverance Trail.  It’s a fairly long day. Ice axe or trekking poles and ice grippers could help as there is often snow up high. If you are interested call Carl by 7 PM Friday May 20th. 723-9323

May 31 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.

Feb/ March calendar 2016

February 27th, Mt McGinnis winter climb. Carl Reese will lead a climb up Mount McGinnis. The winter McGinnis climb is a long time standard for the club. This climb requires ice axe, crampons, and snowshoes. It’s a difficult climb and you should know how to self arrest with an ice axe. Depending upon conditions the trip leader may require avalanche gear. Sunday is a backup day. If you are interested contact Carl (723-9323) before 7PM February 26th.

March 5. Ice Axe/self arrest practice.  We are going to practice self arrest with an ice axe from 3:45 PM til dark (6PM) at Eaglecrest.  We will find a nice slope and fall down it with the goal of practicing self arrest. No experience necessary. Note, Hooter, Ptarmigan, and Black Bear chairs are closed due to low snow so we will walk up. Try to bring an ice axe but we can share if you don’t have one. Meet Carl by the Porcupine Lodge at 3:45PM.

March 6. Mount Jumbo. Dani Evenson is leading a trip up Mount Jumbo. This is a moderate climb. Depending on snow conditions, snow shoes, crampons, and ice axe may be needed. Some people have done this on backcountry ski gear or split board.  For more into contact Dani by 7PM Saturday March 5 if interesteddani_evenson@yahoo.com . 

March 12-13. GrandChild Peaks backcountry ski overnighter. Carl Reese and Jessica Landry are leading a trip to the Grandchild Peaks. We are doing this as both an overnighter and a day trip. Carl is going up for the day, skiing some laps, and heading back down. Jessica is camping up there over night. If the weather permits this will be an overnight trip that will involve winter camping.  Talk to the trip leaders 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 Carl 723-9323 or Jessica 723-0750 before March 11th at 7PM.  The trip is weather dependent.

March 17. Rock Climbing at the Sea Cliffs. The weather is looking good this afternoon so we canceled Thursday climbing at the Rock Dump and plan to go to the Sea Cliffs and climb. We plan to meet at Gonzo’s (the old Waffle Co.) and head out the road from there. 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.  If interested contact Carl 723-9323

March 20. West Peak –Bob is leading a trip up West Peak. This is a moderate climb and equipment needed depends upon conditions.  If interested call Bob before 7PM Saturday March 19th. 500-7950.

April 13. Monthly meeting OUTSIDE at 5:30 PM. We plan to have our monthly meeting at the Sea Cliffs. Usually our monthly meetings are indoors but we are trying something outside this time. We plan to meet at GONZO (old Waffle Co) at 5:30 and carpool out the road. Wednesday evening is supposed to have reasonable weather and it’s nice out there even if you don’t want to climb.  If you want to climb, no experience needed. We will plan upcoming climbs and hikes. All are welcome. Come with ideas or to meet other mountaineering folks. If you plan on going, call or text Carl first. 723-9323