PER­FECT WEATHER AND THREE NEW ROUTES IN A RE­MOTE RANGE

Gripped - - FEATURE - Story by Dar­ren Vonk

Af­ter Ian Wel­sted, Kris Ir win and I won the John Lauch­lan Me­mo­rial Award grant in the fall of 2013, I knew I was in for a great tr ip. Af­ter al l, Wel­sted had re­cently won the Pi­o­let d’Or and Ir win is one of the strong­est ice climbers I know.

When we f lew into Anchorage, Alaska, it was my f irst time and ever yone re­ported that the weather was go­ing to be prime. We landed at 1 a.m. on April 2 and booked into the ho­tel for a night of rest­less­ness. We awoke early to buy a few items at the shop and for a bite at the Mid­dle Way Café, I had a tasty break­fast bur­rito. We downed our cof­fee and headed over for our shut­tle to Tal­keetna. Gar y from Go Pur­ple Shut­tle picked us up on time and we crammed our duf­fel and skis into the van. We headed north to Was­silla to stop for gro­ceries for our three-week stay in the Rev­e­la­tion Moun­tains.

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