Trail Report: Blue Lake & Twin Lakes, Crazy Mountains, Montana The Crazy Mountains loom to the north of I-90 between Billings and Livingston Montana. Prior to this backpacking trip, they’ve always been somewhat of a mystery to me. I’ve driven by them a dozen times while traveling out west. Each time I’m mesmerized by this... Continue Reading →
In October I visited the Svaneti region of Georgia. I was urged by many to see this beautiful mountainous region of Georgia before the weather turned. I had read about Svaneti before, through an aged travel book. It's known as a remote part of an already remote country, secluded high up in the Caucus Mountains. ... Continue Reading →
The hike to Erie Mine has a bad reputation. A few years ago someone attempted to hike up to the bunkhouse and got what mountain people call “cliffed out”. That’s the human equivalent to a cat climbing a tree and not being able to get down. Very steep rock walls can be like that. A... Continue Reading →
What do you do with giant glaciers? Go hiking on them. Take some pictures. Fly around them. Maybe designate the whole thing into a park. Use the ice for mixed drinks. Here are some select images from this summers many Root Glacier adventures. Pictures on Ice, shaken not stirred.
In my opinion, one of the most rewarding/beautiful hikes accessible from the area. This will take a person through it all - switchbacks with views of the Root Glacier, canopied fern lined trails, stream crossings, flowered ridgelines, and scree fields at the top. At the crown, situated underneath Castle Peak, there are panoramic vistas of... Continue Reading →
Obligated to road or established trail, a person can engage with only a small part of this park. The other 12.9999999 million acres is only accessed through dedicated backpacking trips, flightseeing, and base-camping. The images in the following gallery are from a base-camping trip taken a few weeks ago in the Chugach Ranch. On a... Continue Reading →
One attraction of McCarthy/Kennicott is the abundance of old copper mining structures. In a large part, the minign operations of one-hundred years ago are why this place exists right now. Because of copper, a hundred or so people, including myself, have a real fun job for the summer. What follows is a simplified history of... Continue Reading →