Ascending Path Blog

Ascending Path is an Alaskan climbing and eco-tourism guide service operating since 1995 world-wide and since 2002 in Alaska. We are AMGA accredited, providing technical climbing instruction and guiding and naturalist guiding in the beautiful mountains of South Central Alaska.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

5 fingers & Eklutna

Had a warm wet day climbing the Index Finger on Sunday- then perfect hero ice on Ripple and Boonsfarm yesterday. A tree fell down boons!! ~Matt

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mat Glacier Hike 05/09 Sheelah Anderson; Louisville, Kentucky

Dear Matt and Heather

We toured the Matanuska Glacier with Heather in May. It is my unique Alaska experience. Even though I haven't written I think of you all the time and our wonderful experience of touring the glacier. EVERYBODY has to hear about it, the cramp-ons (and especially trying to find some to fit my husband), ice worms, how big the glacier is, how dirty it was, etc, etc. And people are getting presents of the glacier water Heather gathered for me.

I got to hike a rock glacier in Canada and we saw several glaciers when we did our "cruise", but there is nothing comparable to us being able to spend several wonderful hours on our "personal" glacier hike with Heather and all her knowledge, sharing and patience (especially with the 500 photos!)

It made it to the Christmas card (Heather made sure we had some photo choices), but since it was also our 40th anniversary it had to share the space. I'll be sending you one.

Thank you for helping me achieve one of the top items on my "bucket list" It really is one of the most special experiences of my life. We'll expect more of the same if (when) we make it to Alaska again.

Sheelah Anderson Louisville Kentucky

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Ice is thin, but in shape!

Had a great day out climbing on Ripple with 2 folks from the mid-west on Sunday. They stayed warmer than me!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

V-thread strength test data

For those of you who want to know exactly how strong those anchors are... check out this paper.