The 2012 season is certainly here, and starting with one of the coolest alaska adventure trip out there. IFMGA certified Alaska guide Joe Stock and 3 guests from France have just begun their 12 day Alaska adventure - backcountry skiing in the Neacola Mountains of Lake Clark National Park on our Alaska Ski Mountaineering adventure. For the next 10 days, they'll be learning the skills necessary to travel safely in glacier country, manage avalanche terrain, and how to survive and thrive in a winter environment deep in the heart of the mountains.
The plan for the trip is to spend the first 5-6 days at a base camp, focusing on skills including glacier travel, avalanche awareness, efficient ski touring, and winter camping. They'll spend their days ascending into the high country in search of stable snow, moderate slopes, and untracked powder - I don't think they're going to have a problem getting first turns where they're going. We're confident they'll get their fair share of turns each day.
The second half of the trip will be dedicated to a backcountry ski traverse. Each day they'll move camp in search of endless powder, hopefully completing a new circuit through the remote Neacola mountains.
Here's a link to Dan's spot messenger, showing their drop off location just north of Lake Clark Pass. It looks like a great place to dig in, establish a comfortable base camp, and get out for some turns. As the northern lights display was amazing last night, we can only imagine the 4 of them, wide eyed, staring at the sky as nature provided them with the most amazing evening entertainment - it's even possible that they skied while blanketed in the green hues of this electric sky.
Here's a link to Dan's spot messenger - follow along for the next few weeks as we watch they're progress.