August Skiing on the Bagley!

Matt and two returning guests of ours have been enjoying a phenomenal week of August skiing on the Bagley Icefield. Take a listen to their dispatch from yesterday!

Bagley Ski Dispatch

Ski mountaineers in big terrain

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Announcing SEAG’s 42nd First Ascent!

St. Elias Guides First Ascent #42

Tim Duffy Logs SEAG’s 42nd First Ascent

of a major peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park!

We are proud to announce that this morning Tim Duffy, long-time SEAG guide, close friend of the company, and owner of Pangaea Adventures, completed a solo first ascent of Peak 12,190, just east of Mt. Bona (seen on some maps as Mt. Jordan). This is a major peak in the St. Elias Range and an accomplishment to be proud of!

duffy first ascentOur group of 6 climbers (Chad, Wayne, Matt, Ben, Lane and Tim) have been at the mountain for the last 8 days and have made 3 team attempts at the summit, consistently being shut down by poor snow conditions combined with technical climbing, and unable to move quickly enough as a group to make it up during the coldest hours of these warm summer nights. Early this morning Duffy headed up alone, reaching the summit in just 2 hours, and returning to camp with a partial ski descent just 6 hours after he left.

Click the link below to listen to Wayne’s dispatch from the field announcing the victory. And congratulations to Tim – we love you and we’re so proud!

Click here for First Ascent dispatch from the field!

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Skiing in T’s – Ruth Gorge May 25-30

Our late May ski trip to the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range was more like a beach trip! Guides Matt and Jason and the Stamp Family ski toured in each day in t-shirts, as the temperature climbed to nearly 80 degrees.

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They went out in the morning and evening and spend the heat of the day resting and doing things like fishing…

sunny day ruth glacier

and archery…

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A little sibling bonding exercise known as trying to pull up snow anchors:

ruth glacier ski trip

Enjoying the view from the window of the “Stronghold” each evening:

alaska mountaineering tripThank you Stamp Family – you were so much fun to share the mountains with! We look forward to next time…

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Mountain House Trip Photos

A few pictures from our recent guide training trip at the Don Sheldon Mountain House in Denali National Park…

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Ski touring the Ruth Gorge with Denali in the background…

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Dropped off in paradise…

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Fastest way to shuttle gear!

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Face of Mt. Barrille

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Climbing Mt. Barrille

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East faces of Mt. Barrille and Mt. Dickey

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Powder turns

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Fun with photography

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Group shot

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Update from the Mountain House!

We got a call from our team of guests, guides and management currently skiing and climbing from the Mountain House in the Alaska Range!

Take a listen...

Enjoying some turns!

 

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