Trip Overview

The Gulf of Alaska Traverse is a multi-year human-powered expedition that began in 2012 and continues to the present. To date, we have completed four legs of the trip: Yakutat to Haines, Yakutat to McCarthy, Valdez to Palmer, and Illiamna to Anchorage. Fairweather skis aren’t just along for the ride, they are the ride.

These trips are designed to link ski mountaineering objectives with vast stretches of wilderness travel on glaciers, rivers, beaches, and fjords through the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon. This region is home to one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the world—the Wrangell/St Elias, Glacier Bay, and Tatshenshini-Alsek and Kluane National Parks—as well as the largest non-polar icecap in the world. We begin and end our trips from the road system or commercial flights, though we also appreciate air support and food drops along the way.

Walsh, Steele, Donjek: Climb, Ski, Walk, Float

On May 15, we flew up from Kluane Lake with pilot Thom of Icefields Discovery. The group was myself (Jeff Crompton), Flavien Beaud, Adrien Gilbert and Graham Kraft. It took two flight to get the four of us and gear in. There was forest fire haze in the air, unseasonably warm temperatures (freezing line getting above ~3,000m in May), and not a cloud in the forecast for the foreseeable future. We landed below the Northwest ridge of Mount Walsh, and went for a nice evening tour

Majestic Porcupine Drainage

February 28 – March 3, 2015

….The night before….

Graham: You want to go fly-in skiing tomorrow?

Moski: Yeah.

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