These trips 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 the largest protected wilderness in the world—the Wrangell/St. Elias, Glacier Bay and Kluane National Parks—as well as being 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.
Our skis have logged thousands of miles of Alaska wilderness on this expedition alone, which has played a significant role in design evolution. We have put our gear through some of the most demanding conditions imaginable: bare glacier ice, high altitude, bulletproof sastrugi, melt/freeze cycles, huge backpacks, thinly-covered rocks, sand and silt, seawater, rain, tomahawks and more. Performance is paramount out there, and often days or weeks away from the nearest road, durability is absolutely essential. We infuse all of our skis with product research and development from these and other real world trips. Not only have our skis survived, they have outperformed and outlasted a majority of our other equipment.
Most importantly, time spent in the wilderness is the greatest inspiration for what we want our company to be. Fairweather wants to build skis for people who love to ski and feel a connection with the mountains. We pride ourselves in building a product directly from the wilderness we love while leaving as few tracks as possible. Our top priority is to enable skiers of all abilities to experience the freedom of the hills.
Part I: Yakutat to McCarthy – Mt. Logan (19,551’)
370 miles, 150 Mountain House meals, 5 soaking wet sleeping bags
In May 2012, Graham Kraft, John Sykes, Josh Mumm, Joshua Forman and Luc Mehl paddled up Russel Fjord from Yakutat to the Hubbard Glacier. From there they crossed the Seward Glacier and climbed Mt. Logan. They exited out the Logan Glacier to the Chitna river and bushwhacked into McCarthy. Graham brought an early pair of lightweight carbon fiber prototypes for the trip. Click the image above for the full trip report.
Part II: Yakutat to Haines – Mt. Fairweather (15,325’)
230 miles, 30 days, countless grizzly bears
From mid-May through mid-June 2013, Danny Powers, Graham Kraft, Lindsay Johnson, Luc Mehl and Marcus Waring walked the lost coast from Yakutat, Alaska to the Fairweather Plateau. After more than a week skiing on Mt. Fairweather and Mt. Root, they exited through Glacier Bay National Park to the Tsirku and Chilkat Rivers and finished the trip in Haines. Both Luc and Graham used Fairweather lightweight backcountry prototype skis for the trip. Two pairs of Fairweathers on top of Fairweather was a defining moment for us! Click the image for a full report.
Part III: Iliamna to Anchorage – Mt. Iliamna (10‘016’) and Mt. Spurr (11,070’)
265 miles, 9 skiers, 3 mountain ranges, 3 volcanoes
In April 2014, Andy Fisher, Eben Sargent, Graham Kraft, Jeff Crompton, John Sykes, Josh Mumm, Kate Fitzgerald, Lindsay Johnson and Luc Mehl flew to the base of Mt. Iliamna in the remote Aleutian range of Southcentral Alaska. They traversed the Chigmit, Neacola, and Tordrillo ranges and walked Cook Inlet’s west side mud flats before paddling across to Anchorage. Three pairs of Fairweathers made the journey. Click the link to see the video and trip report.
Part IV: Valdez to Palmer – Mt. Marcus Baker (13,176’)
In late April 2015, Andy Fischer, Eben Sargent, Graham Kraft, Jeremy Wood, Lindsay Johnson and Luc Mehl traversed the Chugach Mountains from Thompson Pass to Palmer and climbed the highest summit in the range, Mt. Marcus Baker. Six pairs of Fairweather skis completed the traverse. Trip report and video are up!