Out of the Yukon

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 25, 2010      

We’re just about out of the Yukon headed on last leg to Anchorage. Spent last night on Destruction Bay. Another bluebird day with no bugs. Unusual conditions for a place where it’s often raining or swarmed with mosquitoes (or both).

Wrangell St. Elias

Views of Wrangell St. Elias mountains kept stunning us. Later, we drove by 16,000-foot plus Mount Sanford, the one with the big BIG ski ramp that goes off the summit down to the Tundra. It is now on the list.

The vastness continues. Mountains of the Saint Elias range rise everywhere we look to the west. A few miles of driving, and another peak moves from behind a range into full view. Many glisten with ice caps, all are still ribboned with spring snow. Most look like great climbs or ski mountaineering adventures. We’re like drug addicts forced to pass by an opium den. At least we can look

According to the locals we’ve got some rough road ahead of us that’ll be tedious. But we’ll nonetheless cross into Alaska soon, where our cash is good, our cell phones don’t cost a fortune, and you can legally pop a beer in a parking lot.

The high pressure weather we’re driving through apparantly extends all the way to Denali. Fun to think of all the climbers up there, gearing up for summit days during their weather window. Let’s hope we get the same.

And yes, we are planning a beer review to originate in Anchorage.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


9 Responses to “Out of the Yukon”

  1. dongshow May 25th, 2010 5:54 pm

    Roads should be pretty good once your past Glennallen (did Valdez to Anchorage in 4 hours yesterday), just make sure to enjoy the frost heaves, they are a pleasure if enjoyed properly, there is a bad stretch just before Sheep Mountain but it’s not bad this year, no horrendous construction until Anchorage either.

  2. James May 25th, 2010 7:10 pm

    ya….too bad, now that you’re back States side, you won’t be able to find any real beer. :cwy:
    Good luck with the mountain.

  3. russ May 25th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Have dinner at Humpy’s in downtown Anchorage, good beer good food. You’ll like it.

  4. altasnob May 25th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Hey Lou, can you post some more pics of the St. Elias range from the road? Oh, and don’t miss the Great Alaskan Bush Company in Anchorage.

  5. Lou May 25th, 2010 10:26 pm

    I simply could not believe my eyes. We’ll try to post a couple more pics.

  6. Thomas B May 25th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Sanford is indeed enticing, big cracks covered over by thin wind bridges. I think Paul Claus landed on top, it’s pretty flat. Skip Humpys, it was fun when it opened but you’d be better served by the 2 restaurants that bear the name of AK range peaks. Treasure hunt is on!

  7. Mark May 26th, 2010 6:59 am

    mooses tooth

  8. Craig B May 26th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Well altasnob, Hows about some pics from the Great Alaskan Bush Co.???

  9. Brandt May 27th, 2010 10:42 am

    Leroy’s for breakfast/after bar in Anchorage is a MUST.

  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube

WildSnow Twitter Feed


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to WildSnow.com and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version