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.



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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.

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