Ascending Path Blog
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
One of the rope teams heading up the bowl.
Friday, August 8, 2008
"Most enjoyable walk; Bobbie is very knowledgeable. Thanks!"
" Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Rofous Humming Bird, Townsends Warbler, Spruce Grouse- A great day for birds! Thanks Beth!"
" Our first outdoor climb, fabulous! Taught the basics and more! Thanks for the scars dudes!"
"Matt and Sherrie were the absolutely most awesome guide! Purely excellence! Thanks"
"Heather was an awesome guide.. she kept me climbing!"
"We came, we climbed, and we conquered! We had a blast. Thanks Pete and Dave!"
"My Body hurts all over but the ice climbing was worth it! I would do it again in a heartbeat!"
" We all thought Dave was great! He even told us we had small butts! I feel so proud at 68.5, with Dave's encouragement I hiked on a glacier!"
"This was the best part of our Alaska trip- Ascending Path is a great company from our experience with Alex to Ryan the SUPER GUIDE!"
"Erika is a black bear magnet!"
and my favorite....
"You should open a sled portion for the climb down"
Keep up the great work guys.. and i'll get to rounding up the sleds!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Clients Hiking Up
Misty Mountains and Portage Lake
Approaching the Toe of the Icefall
As I was looking through the pics, I realized I didn't take one picture once we got to the base where we set up ropes....I was pretty busy belaying! We rotated six clients between the two ropes, and I think everyone climbed at least 3 times, if not four. Lots of smiles all around : )
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Guides training I have to say feels like it was months ago....Alaska summers go fast and it constantly feels like a race to get it all in!
Into the woods we go! I finally made it back to tram rock for an afternoon of climbing and thought the routes were super worthy!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The bear I encountered yesterday while hiking with two clients was not very happy with our presence and wanted us out of there. This ocurred just before the bridge at the gorge on Winner Creek, and though I actually followed procedure, the bear still "charged." Fortunately I didn't have to spray the bear, as he/she darted to the right over a morrain several feet before reaching us.
In hindsight, I'm glad that I didn't spray because I was definitely NOT thinking about things like wind direction at the last moment there.
Honestly, I was surprised at how my body reacted. My mouth went dry and I wasn't frightened until afterwards. I just went into focus/numb mode.
The reason I think the bear followed us is that the male client didn't listen to my initial instructions. He really wanted some good pictures of the bear so I think he may have even taken a few steps toward the bear despite my instructions to move behind me (I had the spray). I had given them instructions about bears at the trailhead and then ironically, we revisited the subject about 10 minutes before our encounter.
When the bear first approached, we all raised our arms over our head and yelled "HEY BEAR! GET OUT OF HERE BEAR!" but he kept coming anyway. We then backed slowly away, still making ourselves appear large and yelling, until we were over the bridge, and until the bear started running towards us, across the bridge, and until, fortunately, he/she ran off to the right.
Be bear aware! Any other recent encounters?
Friday, June 20, 2008
High Bush Cranberry
Twisted Stalk/Watermelon Berry
Devil's Club Ragbag Lichen
Hello dear friends....
Phil and I went out the other night and snapped some shots of current plants on the Winner Creek Trail. Here are a few in case you are interested. In another week or two I'll try to take some updated photos.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Just wanted to thank you for the great experience! Ryan was the consumate professional. Starting with leading us to Timbuktoo (that's Matanuska to you) right out of the rain and into some solid ice and eventual sunshine!! He taught us safely and well. We all got our fill, even the guys!! We old people were a little sore the next day but none the worse for wear! We would recommend your company highly!
Thanks again!! The Miller Family
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Paramount Pictures came up to do a second unit plate shoot for CGI work with the new Star Trek 11 that released summer 2009. Paramount hire The Ascending Path and about 9 of our guides to work as glacier safety, glacier support, stunts, helo coordinators, medics, and stunt doubles for Capt. Kirk & Spock!!! We worked for few days on this in March of 2008 but were sworn to secrecy until the movie released in the theaters. Basically they shot images that they then used in the Ice Planet scene, they used the ice caves on the Knik as a template to build on on a sound stage. Bill Billmeyer and Pete Gresham were both on camera and made the final cut in the movie as stunt doubles in the Monster chase scene and the large scenic aerial shot of Capt. Kirk walking on a glacier by himself after crash landing on the ice planet. Awesome project to work on!!! ---Heather Szundy