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Posted for Jim Trombley:
There seems to be plenty of interest in the trips I mentioned in the last email. Mark your calendars for April 15, 16, and 23 for Castner Glacier and Granite Tors. Here is the plan for first one:
Friday, April 15–Castner Glacier 5-hour snowshoe
Meet and greet 8:00-8:15 Walmart side lot facing Lowes. Anyone need a ride? Need to replace snowshoe straps or grab a snack for the road? We drive to Delta, pit stop at the store. Go south to Kastner River Bridge, anyone not carpooling can wait for the main group here. Plan is to snowshoe 11:30-6:00. The route proceeds east over the frozen? Castner River. Watch for open water!!! Then up glacier as far as time allows. The first two miles is basically flat, the next two miles is mostly up and some down on the lower glacier. You will be dazzled by amazing mountain views. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, layered clothing, including wind proof shell for top and bottom. Watch out for low spots!! that means a hole is under the slumping snow. For those wanting to socialize, we can do dinner at Delta Junction. Back in town 9-10 PM if not stopping to eat.
Saturday, April 16–Castner Glacier 3-hour snowshoe.
I will be camping in the area and able to go again in the morning. Meet at 8 AM Castner River Bridge pullout (west side of Richardson). Snowshoe 8-11. Back in town by 2PM.
Please RSVP by private email. Group size is capped at 12 people for glacier travel and three 3-person tents at the campsite I know about, but determined campers can find other spots near the road. Please let me know which day I should expect to see you. If driving please let me know if you have seats available and how many are available for carpooling. If wanting a ride down, bring gas money and pay the driver well so they will want to keep supporting these longer trips. How much? Depends on the vehicle, but I would say $12-$20+. If anyone wants to go but needs to borrow snowshoes, call me ASAP.
799-4958 evenings 7-9 PM best
Dayhike above Canwell Glacier
By: Jim Trombley
Trip date: June 27, 2015
Photos by: Candis Johnson and Inna Rivkin
Hot weather and lightning made for a busy fire season at the beginning of summer 2015. Some hikes were cancelled due to smoke. Many suffered as wildfires raged throughout the interior. For weeks, Fairbanks had smoke in all directions. A small group of us got away from the smoke by traveling to the Eastern Alaska Range south of Delta Junction. The plan was to hike to a viewpoint above the massive and scenic Canwell Glacier. Candis, Sophia, Aaron, Inna, Holly, and I had the pleasure of sharing the trail with Sophia’s energetic and sweet dog, Stella.
The day began with brilliant blue sky, sometimes strikingly clear, sometimes ripped with tatters of cloud. A fierce, biting wind came off the mountainside to test our layering. Occasionally, we were spattered by bursts of hail that seemed to come out of nowhere. [Read more…]
Party: Eric Troyer
Trip Location: Mile 243.5 Parks Highway, just north of the Nenana River Canyon.
Access: The trip starts and ends at the Bison Gulch parking pullout. To access the trail, cross the highway (carefully!) and follow the obvious trail up the steep, gravel bank.
Trip Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and any highlights from the trip: The trail hasn’t changed much for many years. It is still steep, sometimes eroded and disappears or braids in places, but it is fairly obvious for most of the way. Still lots of places to stop, take in the views, and have lunch or a snack. [Read more…]
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