Japan to Alaska: 2014 Season Review, Part 4

Lee Lyon | BackcountryBackcountry

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In March, it was time to head for Alaska. We arrived in Anchorage just in time for a good-sized storm. After a couple of endless days of shopping and organizing our van for camping, we headed for Turnagain Pass.

Good to be back in Alaska.
Good to be back in Alaska.

Unfortunately, new snow and rain crust weren't getting along so well.

Unfortunately, new snow and rain crust weren’t getting along so well.
We kept walking and stuck to mellower slopes.
We kept walking and stuck to mellower slopes.
And eventually stability improved.
And eventually stability improved.
Thin snow year equals more interesting couloirs.
Thin snow year equals more interesting couloirs.
Elevator Shaft. Eekey Popplemayer photo.
Elevator Shaft. Eekey Popplemayer photo.
Manitoba. Eekey Popplephoto.
Manitoba. Eekey Popplephoto.
Hatcher Pass.
Hatcher Pass.

A fun day on Bard Peak:

Eike. Not posing.
Eike. Not posing.
The walk and Whittier.
The walk and Whittier.
Leaky Popplemayer photo.
Leaky Popplemayer photo.
A day in the Front Range.
A day in the Front Range.

Then, it was time to head for Valdez.

Wrangells.
Wrangells.
Thompson Pass.
Thompson Pass.
Promised Land with the Gunbarrels behind.
Promised Land with the Gunbarrels behind.
Valdez.
Valdez.
Berlin Wall.
Berlin Wall.
I struggled with broken gear for most of the trip. Here I am practicing my one ski powder technique.
I struggled with broken gear for most of the trip. Here I am practicing my one ski powder technique.
With weather rolling in, we moved back to Anchorage.
With weather rolling in, we moved back to Anchorage.

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