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Old 04-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #16
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Turnagain Pass ADVenture

I liked Nuttynu's photos taken in Turnagain Pass, on a bright, sunny day. My friends and I regularly "play" on the other side of the pass, in the non-motorized area. Here are a few photos from an interesting ADVenture we had last weekend. We started at the Lower Eddies parking lot and skied up to and along the base of Eddies and across the Ingram Creek drainage. From there we ascended the northern slope of the impressive Tincan Peak.

This is Ulla from Denmark, on a splitboard, with the Ingram Creek drainage in the background. Pretty much the entire ridgeline had slid, very recently, like within the past 24 hours. We all had avalanche gear and our beacons were turned on.



The two men I was skiing with decided we would continue heading uphill, to the distant, prominent ridgeline of Tincan Peak. They wanted to practice making turns. The higher we got, the more apprehensive I became as we had our long "touring" skis on, which aren't that easy to make turns with and the snow conditions were NOT ideal. There was a breakable crust on top of sugary stuff which makes going downhill somewhat tricky. But, what the heck, check out all the untracked snow! My friends kept encouraging me to go higher and higher. Since I had the car keys, this must have meant they had confidence in my ability to ski out of there.



By time we stopped for lunch, I was once again questioning my sanity. How many other people ski up here on long, skinny touring skis? Probably very few. I looked back where we started from, and it was way off in the distance. I could have managed to ski down the slope in front of me with only a few falls. But we had decided to go the other direction and ski out to a different trailhead to avoid some nasty stretches of icy trail that twisted and turned through the trees. (Turnagain Arm is in the background.)



After lunch my friends continued skiing up to the top of this slope, located on the prominent Tincan ridgeline. The slope is steeper than it appears. I followed them part-way up, to where the little tree tops are poking out of the deep snow about half-way up. Then I turned around and scouted out a route that I felt I could safely descend on my long skis. Oh my... Having Randonee skis would have made thiings much easier.... My friends had fun making turns and multiple face plants.



We did some side-hill traversing of some steep slopes on the way out and at one really steep, bumpy section we all took our skis off and walked down. The photo below shows the southern Tincan ridgeline. We were fairly high up on the other side, relative to where NORMAL folks with long, skinny backcountry touring skis usually stay - down lower in the valleys! My friends skied up to an area close to the big cornices almost 1/3 of the way up.



This was one of those long, challenging days when I was very happy to finally make it back to the cars. Tomorrow we're heading to Hatcher Pass, but I'm NOT taking my touring skis to the top of any ridgelines.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #17
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While it was just a quick loop around Fairbanks, damn was it nice to get out and ride this afternoon. Can't wait for the snow to go away, the nighthawk is a lot heavier to push than the WR was.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:02 PM   #18
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While it was just a quick loop around Fairbanks, damn was it nice to get out and ride this afternoon. Can't wait for the snow to go away, the nighthawk is a lot heavier to push than the WR was.
Since your from FB, how's the weather ,roads etc up there?
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #19
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Depending on the sign, it was 27-31 degrees yesterday and got down to about 5 degrees last night. Main roads are mostly clear, Steese is clear as far as Fox, and its clear almost all the way to Chena Hot Springs, and the better businesses have scraped their parking lots. Weather reports are saying 30+ most the rest of the week, and warmer next week.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:06 PM   #20
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Magnificent day out here in girdWood ,with a bit of a chill down the neck.

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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Nu you should have checked with AK BIKE when you were down there, he lives in Girdwood

Did you take any pictures?

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Old 04-15-2013, 04:06 PM   #22
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I've managed to get out everyday and burn through a couple of tanks of gas over the past week (on three wheels). Most of the main roads in Fairbanks are pretty clear though the smaller roads are still pretty icy.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:25 PM   #23
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Nu you should have checked with AK BIKE when you were down there, he lives in Girdwood

Did you take any pictures?

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Didn't know that. But there's always next time. Photos are on the camera. Will upload later. About to call it a day know. Anchorage rush hour is pick up and these break up water smell like poop... Stinky !
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #24
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Anyone know if the downtown strip in Talketna is open ? The restaurant and such.

I'm thinking about taking a ride out there tomorrow .
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #25
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Finally got my riding partner and beautiful wife's bike home yesterday. She's got 60 miles on it already and said we can't go home till she hits a 100! Don't threaten me with a good time. Lol here's the top of hatcher.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:53 PM   #26
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Talkeetna

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I went up there last month i think it was 3-7 or 3-8 roads were clear

Stopped at the Roadhouse

What time are you going up? might join you




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Old 04-15-2013, 09:08 PM   #27
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I went up there last month i think it was 3-7 or 3-8 roads were clear

Stopped at the Roadhouse

What time are you going up? might join you




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I have the whole day available. Was thinking talking off by 11.

I took off by 10:30 this morning to girdWood, and it wasn't so bad
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:36 PM   #28
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #29
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Main drag in talkeetna is clear an the burgers were killer at the west rib tonight. Even seen most of McKinley on the ride into talkeetna.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:42 PM   #30
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Mondays ride to Girdwood.













Today's ride out to Talkeetna & Hatchers ..oh !! The dang chilli is super good !! Try it . Had great time riding today with Alaskahack !







The strip is cleared of snow and ice..




Construction stop....as always .




Alaskahack notice the camera was out.




Top the day off with a run up to Hatchers Pass, and no you can't ride up the actually Pass ..




I believe we were up there around 4pm ish ??..
Temp wasn't so bad. Road are good, but slow down for sand.















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