Goodbye Alaska

Jason leaning into the wind, Primrose Ridge, Denali AK.

This will be the final post of the blog as we have now left Alaska. After leaving Whittier we spent a few days in Girdwood home to Alyeska Ski Resort before heading to Denali National Park. Once again we had perfect weather for our two day hike into the backcountry, fortunate as our discount tent from Walmart wouldn’t have been up for anything else. The hike itself was a new experience as there are no trials in Denali, we chose to scramble up to the top of a hill called Primrose Ridge. Below is a video of us making our way down from Primrose Ridge.

Whittier

Setting forth out of Whittier, AK.

The glaciers of Blackstone Bay, AK.

The kayak trip out of Whittier was a great success. We had four days of bluebird skies, something that is almost unheard of as Whittier was built as a military base because the 300+ days of overcast a year made it invisible to the radar technology of the 1940’s.  Below is a video of us kayaking through ice at one of the glaciers in Blackstone bay. Other notable parts of the trip included eating fresh caught pink salmon every night, spotting sea otters, black bears & bald eagles, jumping of an iceberg and meeting some local characters.

 

 

Anchorage

We’ve made it! During the drive from Whitehorse we saw quite a bit of wildlife, a caribou, wolverine, grizzly cub, a fox and a female moose. Today we are grabbing supplies for a sea kayak trip out of Whittier, 60 miles south-east of Anchorage.

Moose Tok, AK.

Smithers, BC

The drive has been quite spectacular so far, in particular the stretch through Cayoosh Pass. After spending two months in rainforest Vancouver it was surprising to find such a desert like environment just a few hours north of Whistler.  Dora (the Ford Explorer) has unfortunately caught the sniffles and we have stopped in Smithers BC to take her to a mechanic, we should be on the road again by early afternoon.

Cayoosh Pass, Lillooet, BC.

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver.

The trip begins! We bid farewell to Vancouver early Friday morning and arrived in Whistler for the weekend. The weather was incredible and we spent the days floating in hidden lakes enjoying the sun. Tomorrow we will make tracks and continue North.

View of the Sea to Sky highway from ‘the Chief’, Squamish.

 

Vancouver to Alaska!

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I’ve decided to create a blog to document my upcoming trip from Vancouver to Alaska. The goal of which is to share what I’ve been up to with friends and family.

The ‘plan’ is to leave for Alaska the beginning of August, return to Vancouver late August and return to Ontario by September 1st for my cousin’s wedding. I’ll be hitching a ride to Alaska with two gentlemen from New Zealand, Jason and Rob, who I met during the ski season. Anchorage from Vancouver is approximately the same distance Toronto is from Golden (Golden is the small town I lived in for the winter season). We will make the journey in Jason’s Ford Explorer affectionately known as ‘Dora’.

Below are some pictures of life in Golden working a Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. More posts to come soon.

Leaving Ontario November 2011.

Early morning shift in the loader

Early morning loader shift.

I don't have many pictures of the mountain, here's one that shows what the in bounds terrain is like. The person backwards in the air is me trying a spin off a little cliff.

Spin off a little cliff on CPR ridge, followed shortly by an undocumented tomahawk.