March 10, 2010

Panorama Quickie, Heading North with Big R

I haven't posted in a while because I have been sick, which is a bit of a bummer but it has allowed me time to catch up with family and distract myself with doggie good times. Tomorrow morning I will crawl out of the sick bed and see if Ryan Hokanson (Big R) and I can't go bag ourselves a few nice ski and/or ice lines up north around Chickaloon and Black Rapids. I will update with pics when I get back to Fairbanks next week.

Right: One of the ice pitches.
A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to go run up a fun, easy ice route on Panorama Peak off the Parks Highway in tropically warm conditions.  This was on the way back to Fairbanks after picking up the newest addition to the family, 101 pound black lab Jenny (aka Thumper). She made some whimpering sounds as I left the vehicle and made sure to let me know she was unhappy that she had been left behind.  Here are a couple pics from that. The climb was a nice basic gully with 4 or 5 short pitches of grade 2+ ice, not the most exciting but the setting was really nice and it felt good to get the lungs pumping in the midst of the 7 hour drive. I was able to traverse right and descend an upper fork of this couloir so that I only had to downclimb one of these steps on the way back to the truck. Skiing conditions in this and neighboring couloirs were in very good shape at the time.