This time we started at Indian and skied to Arctic Valley. Going this direction there is a net gain of about 2000 ft. The start is at sea-level and the snowpack at that elevation was a mix of ice, mud, dirt, and frozen granular. Most of us walked the
Finally putting the skis on after hiking a few miles. Sure glad we had skins - the ups are quite a bit steeper in this direction. Photo by Seth
After a gaining about 800 ft of elevation, the snow was more consistent. So we strapped on the skins and skied up the rest of the climb to Indian Pass.
Linda with Turnagain Arm in the background.
Erika and Seth moving on up.
Grabbing a quick bite at the top of the Pass. Photo by Seth
Once we reached the pass, we had a long stretch of flats and gradual downhills. This is the most scenic part of the trip. Here are Trond and Claire.
Linda looks like she is enjoying herself. Little does she know how we will all feel after 6 more hours of trudging through softening corn snow!