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The Cascade Kid

[TR] Talkeetna Mountains AK - Bomber Traverse 4/22/2016

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Trip: Talkeetna Mountains AK - Bomber Traverse

 

Date: 4/22/2016

 

Trip Report:

From April 16th to the 21st of this year, my now-fiance Taylor and I made a circuit of the classic Talkeetnas ski loop, the Bomber Traverse.

 

The loop itself is no huge effort, with 20-some miles and 6000' of gain interrupted by three huts. It's been skied in a day by plenty of folks, but going a bit heavier we spent 6 days in the range skiing great snow under blue skies.

 

I've written up our trip, including a pdf with beta to complement Joe Stock's guidebook, and an annotated caltopo map. There are a lot more photos than I can possibly share here. The post is in two parts:

 

Skiing the Bomber Traverse: Part 1

 

Skiing the Bomber Traverse: Part 2

 

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Skinning up the little susitna on the first day.

 

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Taylor climbing backdoor gap between the Mint and Bomber huts.

 

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Taylor skins below the Snowbird glacier Nunataq.

 

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The Bomber hut at moonrise.

 

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Harvesting the Alaska-grown.

 

Gear Notes:

Lightweight gear means more room for beer. Purposely brought the Free Range Big Medicine pack for some detailed testing. Short review: awesome.

 

Approach Notes:

If you can see it, you can ski it.

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Nice photos - glad you had a great trip. And thanks for joining the Mountaineering Club!!

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