August 28, 2010

Jerene Mortenson and Central Asia Institute

Hushe School, a school I visited with my local friend Little Karim in 2007. Hushe school was one of the early schools built by Central Asia Institute.
I had the pleasure of meeting and introducing Jerene Mortenson for a UAA Social Work Department backed presentation this week. Jerene is a humanitarian and mother of Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools. I thought I might take the opportunity to share the links for Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace since I have greatly loved the time I have spent with the people of Pakistan and the work Central Asia Institute is doing is extremely inspirational. May you also be inspired. Tom Brokaw donated 100 bucks to the cause back in the 1990s...maybe you can donate 101!

August 26, 2010

Sam and Wendy Eklutna Adventure

Wendy and I coordinated for a fun 4 day trip in the Chugach. We biked out to the junction of the Eklutna Lake trail and the East Fork trail, then bushwhacked on animal trails up through small cliffbands on the South side of Stiver's Gully to a basecamp on the moraine between Bold (7,522') and Bashful (8,005') Peak. We put in attempts on both peaks and came close to the summit of both, and overall had a really good trip and caught some wild scenery in the heart of the Chugach. 

Wendy approaching the Stiver's Gully approach on the East Fork trail through the initially healing aftermath of the 2010 Eklutna Lake Fire.

Our basecamp below Bashful Peak's North face

A nice shot of me by Wendy high on Bold Peak's West Ridge

Mist on Bashful Peak's West Ridge high above the Eklutna Valley

Gorgeous cloud as we search for a path down from our basecamp back into the Eklutna Valley to find our bikes and head back to town...

August 16, 2010

Hayes Range Heli Ride

A few photos from a weekend heli ride through the Hayes Range with neighbor and heli pilot Alex Shapiro in his helicopter.

Mount Shand (12, 660) featuring the monstrous mile high South Face

Alex's R22 2 seater heli with building lenticulars

L to R: Mt. 10,910, Mt. 10,990, and Mount Hayes (13,886)

August 12, 2010

Granite Tors Trail Run

So much fun, an afternoon trail run of the 15 mile Granite Tors trail loop...

August 10, 2010

Expedition Art #2

Mount Balchen Electric 9" x 12" - Ink

Expedition Art #1

Mount Deborah Day and Night 9" x 12" - Ink and Pencil