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dkemp

Alaska's Annual Doxey Ass-whuppin'

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Boy, Alaska opened up a can of whupass on us! Got a good look at Mt Brooks and we're all inspired to give it another go, had a good ol' time and all. Didn't climb a damn thing.

 

Crashed and burned in the McK River crossing. Superficial wounds to knees and egos. Tried to go around by hiking up the Muldrow - that scree and talus is an effective barrier - no wonder the Sourdoughs kept looking until they found McGonagall Pass.

 

Saw some beautiful ice mountains and covered some tough ground. We had a great team - kept our humor and enjoyed the outing no matter what.

 

And "no matter what" is exactly what happened! Alaska kicks more ass by breakfast than most states kick all day!

[big Grin] -Dox

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Hah! Eight hours... try three days for a few of us sorry saps. Or better yet those poor suckers who got stuck in the crappy weather prior to June 11 (or after July 30th for that matter). Basecamp closed (they leave the radio so you can get a plane) on July 4th.

Or the three dudes who got dumped at Kahiltna because of bad weather trying to get to Huntington. They eventually made it there... after two days of tourists being flown around sightseeing in the planes they were waiting for.

 

Spoke with one guy who got plucked on the 5th of July and McKinley Air Service (two chicks and one plane) is the way to go. Both on the 4th (when the forecast wasn't for a clearing till the 9th) and on the 5th, Julie from that air service was the first plane in, opening the door for the other planes to follow. Kudos to her.

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