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Wrangell Mountains: Image of the Month, March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Wrangell Mountains in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Mt. Drum, Mt Sanford, Mt Wrangell, Wrangell Mountains, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.


Hey folks,

Welcome to March, 2017!

A photo of my favorite view. And a view I’ve seen many, many times this winter. The Wrangell Mountains. Left to right, you’re looking at Mt Drum, Mt. Sanford, Mt Zanetti (the little “cone” shaped peak and Mt Wrangell.

To give you a perspective on this mountain range …. Mt. Zanetti, the tiny little cone .. is the same volume mountain as Mt. St. Helens, in Oregon. The one that went “Boom” all those years ago.

The Wrangells Rock.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month, April: Sea Kayaking Icy Bay

Monday, April 4th, 2016
Sea kayaker in icy Bay on the icy Bay Sea kayaking trip, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Sea kayaker in icy Bay on the icy Bay Sea kayaking trip, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Thinking about the coming summer already. Anyone else want to visit Icy Bay this summer? Sea kayaking like nobody’s business.

Icy Bay is on the southern edge of Wrangell  St. Elias National Park. Arguably some of the best seat kayaking in the world. Amazing place!

This is a fun shot from a trip a couple years ago with Chuck. Tons of fun. Definitely a favorite trip for me.

Cheers

Carl

Favorite photos for 2015

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Hey Folks,

So, for my participation in Jim Goldstein’s annual photos of the year presentation, I thought I’d roll along with some of my personal favorites.

The northern lights were fantastic all year, and we had some great opportunities on our trips. Way too much fun shooting these all night long. The great grizzly bears or brown bears of Katmai never ease to amaze, and we had some excellent trips there. Polar bears are always a treat to photograph, as were the bald eagles of Haines and the backcountry trips to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park are always special.

And this year, I came closer than ever to photographing a wolverine. Way, way way too close! Maybe next year. 🙂

So, without further ado, here are some images from this year (more…)

Images of the month Fall, 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

hey Folks,

Whoops sorry about this. I haven’t posted in a while. Things were pretty hectic since July, and I’ve now got a little bit of down time so I’ll try to make up for that. Instead of posting an Image of the Month for November, I’ll upload a handful of photos, one for August – Nov. So, without further adieu

Image of the Month August 2015 – Chitistone Canyon, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

Part of the Goat Trail hike, the view down Chitistone Canyon, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Part of the Goat Trail hike, the view down Chitistone Canyon, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click the image above to view the full size version of this photo.

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Image of the Month, June 2015 – Icy Bay

Monday, June 1st, 2015
A photo of a young woman balancing a sea kayak paddle on her head, while sea kayaking in Icy Bay. Paddling under the world's highest coastal mountain, the person is sea kayaking in Taan Fjord. Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A photo of a young woman balancing a sea kayak paddle on her head, while sea kayaking in Icy Bay. Paddling under the world’s highest coastal mountain, the person is sea kayaking in Taan Fjord. Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

No prizes for guessing where I’m headed for the start of the summer season! The beach, of course, at Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Funnest place ever! Mt. St. Elias towering above us all in the background!

Cheers

Carl

Sea kayaking Icy Bay Video

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Screen shot of Icy Bay sea kayaking.

Icy Bay sea kayaking.

Hey Folks

How glassy is “glassy”? Here’s a short clip I put together of clips I made playing with a new GoPro last summer. It’s so different to shooting with a regular camera or video camera, there’s a lot to learn. But kinda fun, all the same.

Icy Bay isn’t always this glassy, but it’s unusual either. And it’s an absolutely amazing experience to go out on the water, among these countless icebergs, and just drift along on a kayak, or paddle gently up the fjords. Really, really great fun.

The tune I used here is “Dear Ellen”, by Shane Theriot, from his album, “Highway 90”. I met Shane years ago, when I was in college studying guitar. Shane was teaching there at the ripe young age of 21. He’s awesome. He left the school shortly after my studies ended, and has been playing and writing and producing music since then. He’s currently the guitar player for Hall & Oates, and just last week won a Grammy award. How awesome is that! If you’re interested, you can buy Highway 90 on iTunes. (more…)

The Lost Coast Hike

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
The Lost Coast in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, with Mt Cook and the Saint Elias Range rising in the background.

The Lost Coast in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, with Mt Cook and the Saint Elias Range rising in the background. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks

Now that summer and fall has wound down some, I’ve got a little time to catch up on image processing and maybe blogging as well! We’ll see how far we get with that.

One of the trips I was really looking forward to this summer was a hike along the coast, the southern reaches of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. I’d hiked part of this area previously, some of it a couple of times, but I’d never hiked the eastern section, below the Malaspina Forelands. So it was a great experience to finally get down to this area and walk the coastline, completing what is really a cool walk.

We did the hike as an exploratory trek this year, and took a bit longer for the the hike than I normally might, as we wanted to explore a few things along the way, look for the best campsites, and so on.

Packrafts are a necessity along this route; some of the rivers that have to be crossed would be foolish to cross without a packraft, unless at super low water. (more…)

Hiking poles and Alaska backpacking

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
A hiker backpacking up Harry's Gulch in the eastern Chugach mountains of Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A hiker backpacking up Harry’s Gulch in the eastern Chugach mountains of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Hiking poles, or trekking poles, can be considered an integral part of the setup for a trek like this one from Bremner Mines to Tebay Lakes.

Hey Folks,

 

So one question I’m frequently asked about pertains to hiking poles, or trekking poles, and how important or useful they are for backpacking here in Alaska. In short, I’d suggest they’re more than useful, almost mandatory. Of course, few things in the mountains are ever so objective; the mountains are a subjective place, and so we shouldn’t look for objective answers like this. What’s right for me mightn’t be right for you, and what’s right on August 15 mightn’t be right on August 16 (or even 3 hours later on August 15), and so on. But as a general rule, I’d urge anyone coming to Alaska to backpack, and particularly someone on their first ever trip here, to count on using your hiking poles.

Jon, pictured above here, is a great hiker; in super shape, he’s athletic, well-balanced and a very good walker; safe to say he’s a much better hiker than the average backpacker. Much better. He cruised the Bremner Mines to Tebay Lakes route with virtually no trouble at all, and that’s a tough walk, by almost anyone’s metrics. Even Jon mentioned how useful and helpful the hiking poles were for him on this trip. This image, taken as we walked westward up Harry’s Gulch, shows one of the most strenuous parts of hiking in the mountains around here; (more…)

Chugach Mountains Campsite; Image of the Month, August 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Campsite in eastern Chugach mountains, near Iceberg Lake, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Campsite in eastern Chugach mountains, near Iceberg Lake, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

A quick post from the eastern edge of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, near Iceberg lake in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Camping in a place like this is a real treat, even more so when the weather is this superb. Awesome place.

Cheers

Carl

Packrafting Malaspina Lake – Image of the Month, July 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Chuck takes a swig of water from his Nalgene bottle while we're out paddling around in our packrafts on Malaspina Lake, in southern Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Chuck takes a swig of water from his Nalgene bottle while we’re out paddling around in our packrafts on Malaspina Lake, in southern Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

What an awesome area; Malaspina Lake, near Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay. We spent nearly 2 weeks down here, hiking and packrafting and sea kayaking along the Lost Coast and Icy Bay. This day was a memorable one, spending the afternoon paddling around Malaspina Lake in our Packrafts. Had a bit of a mission of a hike to get to the shore of the lake, but it was all so worthwhile when we arrived.

Cheers

Carl

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