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Alaska Trip (September 2000)

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Saturday, September 9th
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Mike and Bruce on the train to Whittier
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Boarding a ferry at Whittier for a tour of Prince William Sound
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A bird skims along the surface of Prince William Sound.
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Prince William Sound
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Bruce boards the train for the return trip from Whittier to Anchorage.
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Alaska Mountaineering School

Alaska Railroad

Peters Hills

Sunday, September 10th
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On the Alaska Railroad, traveling from Anchorage to Talkeetna
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Bruce and Mike hanging out in the observation car
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The Blue Tarp Dental Society at Alaska Mountaineering School: Mike, Dan, Bruce, Pete and Paul
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The AMS student dorms
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Bruce, Peter, and Dan
Monday, September 11th
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AMS Instructor, Colby Coombs, runs us through an equipment check before we start out.
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The AMS hula girl
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Shedding excess layers. AMS Instructor, Caitlin Palmer, looks on.
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Hiking up into Peters Hills
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Setting up camp
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Our campsite in the Peters Hills
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To keep the bears out of our tents at night, we set up a separate cooking area down the hill. The pole that held up the shelter busted in the wind our first night.
Tuesday, September 12th
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By Tuesday morning, the weather, and visibility, had deteriorated.
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Another Tuesday morning shot
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Pete crawls out of the tent.
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Mike putting on frozen boots and gaiters.
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Caitlin and Colby
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Hiking up a snow-covered local peak
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Pete
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Colby leads the way.
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Bruce pushes the boundaries.
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Dan and Colby
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Pete, Dan, Bruce, and Paul
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Paul, Bruce, and Pete
Wednesday, September 13th
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Bruce, Paul, Caitlin, Colby, Pete, and Mike
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Hiking across the tundra
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The tundra was covered in berries.
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In a display of bad acting, Bruce pretends he is eating the berries.
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The snow-covered local peak the group climbed is in the background.
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Pete and Paul at Wednesday night's dinner
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Mike at dinner
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Colby checks the pole, which we repaired with duct tape.
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Playing cribbage in the tent.
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Later Wednesday night, the weather cleared.
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Even though the weather was clearing, Dan and Paul were too comfortable to leave their tent. Dan snapped photos of Mt. McKinley from the doorway.
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Bruce settles in for the night.
Thursday, September 14th
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Panorama of the Alaska Range with Bruce and Dan
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Group shot with Mt. McKinley in the background
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Stopping to eat lunch on a day hike
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Returning from the day hike
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Hiking out of Peters Hills
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We stopped for a beer at the Forks Roadhouse on our way back to Talkeetna.
Friday, September 15th
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Playing basketball at AMS
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In the Talkeetna cemetary there is a memorial to all the people who have lost their lives climbing Mt. McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range.
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The Moose's Tooth?
Mt. Huntington?
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A mountain lake
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Our Peters Hills campsite seen from a "flightseeing" tour.