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Matanuska Panorama

The upper reaches of the Matanuska River meets the Matanuska Glacier. They can be thought of as different forks that meet to create the main river. Very nice fall day and fantastic view. The lowland forests on the right are possibly growing on old abandoned parts of the glacier buried under soil and rock.
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The Alaskan Pipeline

A pair of landrovers are dwarfed by the scale of the north slope. The famous pipeline snakes across the arctic tundra. The primitive Brooks Mountains rise in the distance.
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Lost Lake Panorama

Lost Lake might be better named Hidden Lake, as it hides in plain site above the highway for miles. It's a beautiful lake and camping on the peninsulas, which are old terminal moraines, is idyllic.

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Alaskan Fall

A fine Fall day above Long Lake in the Matanuska Valley
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Blackstone, Northwestern and Concordia Glaciers

At least 5 glaciers slide out of icefields that are 6 miles wide, in the back of Blackstone Bay.

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Copper River Headwaters

If you've ever seen "Copper River Salmon" on a restaurant menu or in a market then this may be where they were born. The headwaters of the Copper River originate in this valley and the valley to immediate west, with Mt. Blackburn towering in the distance at 16,390 feet.. Tanada Lake shimmers along the valley floor. Tanada Lake and Copper Lake were once the same lake, until a big alluvial fan developed in the middle. Now the lakes are separated by two miles and water from Tanada Lake has had to find another route into the Copper River.
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Caribou Antler

I found this antler right where it lies in this image, up at at high pass above boulder chutes, where i ever expected Caribou to be roaming around.
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Winter Sun Over Turnagain Arm

There's a local solar calendar of sorts where you wait for the day that the sun rises over this mountain. You know then that winter is past it's peak darkness.
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Icy Buttress

A magnificent ice capped buttress on the flanks of Denali. Alaska Range, Denali National Park
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Bradley and Wake

All the mountains on this side of the gorge burst out of the ice like giant teeth. This one is Mt. Bradley, followed by the north and east face of Mt. Wake.
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Aurora over Glen Alps

A fantastic display of Northern Lights over the Chugach Mountains, Alaska
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In the Shadow of Sanford

Several glaciers snake out from an ice cap on top of a lower portion of Mt. Sanford. Behind it an icefall ascends into the clouds. Mt. Sanford is 16,237 feet high.
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With Shifting Walls of Blinding Light I’ll Have You Know

Here we go....
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Mt. Wrangell

At the headwaters of the Copper River a lone mountain sits in front of Mt. Wrangell - the third highest volcano in North America behind Blackburn and Bona. Like Sanford, it is a shield volcano with a south facing slope that rises 8,000 ft. in one mile.
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Moose’s Tooth and Beyond

Part of the massive granite complex that makes up the famous Mooses Tooth and beyond that, a scene straight out of Antarctica.
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Kenai Mountains

A tundra ridge divides two glacial valleys in the wilderness of the Kenai Mountains.
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Sunset in the Wrangles

A mountain stream provides water for my campsite in the Wrangle Mountains of Alaska.
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Matanuska Summer

Summer in Alaska means either endless drizzling rain or forest fires. Here the Matanuska River meanders (quickly) through a maze of hard knobs and hills and disappears into a smoky background.
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Bold Reflections

Bold Peak is reflected in a somehow un-frozen Eklutna Lake on a very cold winter morning in Alaska.
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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords is a timeless park of wilderness at the end of the Kenai Peninsula. Countless waterfalls and hundreds of glaciers pour from the Harding Icefields into the many fjords.
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Mountain Storm

In the fall you never know what kind of precipitation a storm will dump, but you can bet it will be cold and uncomfortable. This one dropped it all, found out shortly after i took this picture.
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Matanuska Fall 2

A passing squall blankets the top of a mountain with fresh snow.
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Carpathian Peak from Bird Ridge

It's crazy how many places you can see Carpathian Peak.
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Mountain Storm 2

A fast moving fall storm in Alaska. In the fall you never know what kind of precipitation a storm will dump, but you can bet it will be cold and uncomfortable.
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Mountain Storm 3

Another shot of the storm, this one in color.
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Upper Williwaw Lakes

Is is the last, i think, of the Williwaw Lakes, but because of map issues it might be the first of the Walrus Lakes. Either way it's a great place to camp.
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Chugach Ice Fields

A wild valley ends in sheer cliffs capped by a crumbling wall of ice that collapses and reforms as the glacier below it.
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Haines, Alaska

This is the historic military portion of the town, where, on this Fourth of July, they shot canons and fireworks.
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Snowbird Lake

The main meltwater pool of Snowbird Glacier is a source of the headwaters of the Kashwitna River. In the distance smoke climbs upvalley from a summer of major forest fires.
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Mountain Storm (Color Version)

This storm hit fast across the valley from Castle Mountain
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Susitna Fall

The Little Susitna River pours out of the Talkeetna Mountains
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Talkeetna Solitude

A loner hiker takes in the view on top of a mountain in the Talkeetna Mountains
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Brooks Mountains 2

Rolling Tundra Hills transition abruptly to lifely grey ridges in the arctic.
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Dalton Highway

Sometimes referred to as The Haul Road, the Dalton Highway is the only road in North America that goes all the way to the Arctic Ocean. It is a 400 mile long dead end, and crosses the rugged Brooks Range.
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Mt. Redoubt

The sun sets over Mt. Redoubt during a temperature inversion over Anchorage and Cook Inlet

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Caribou Mountain, Yukon

The mountain rises to the Northeast of Carcross, a remote town in the Yukon Territory.
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Silent Reflections

There are places high in the mountains where it seems time is at a standstill and people never existed. A stream emerges from a rock glacier, moss and tundra reach for new territory, and an ominous fog rolls in aggressively,
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Nares Mountain

Nares rises above the beautiful Bennet Lake in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Ruins of an old dock/boat house stick up out of the marsh
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Desert Mesas of the High Arctic

These are mountains known only to mountaineers. Ahtna has what anywhere else would be called a desert mesa coming off the side of it.
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Eternal Light

Late at night the sun shifts it's rays across the arctic landscape, making time stand still in the vast empty tundra.
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Matanuska Fall

Fall is beautiful and underrated in Alaska. Maybe because for outsiders it can be so hard to hit it just right. Fall is known for unpredictable weather and a short time frame for colorful leaves. Some years it rains during that whole window. Other years we get an Indian Summer.
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Crow Pass

Kona is very happy in the crisp mountain air, the soft tundra, and the icy waters of the Chugach Mountains
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SurrelPipeline-Dark

The Alaska Pipeline snakes across the arctic tundra looking for a route through the Brooks Range.
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Matanuska Fall 3

Passing storms on a fall day in the Matanuska Valley
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Mt. Ahtna 2

Numerous Glacier come off the sides of Mt. Ahtna and add ice to the Nabesna Glacier.
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Sunset on Sleeping Lady

The light fades for Sleeping Lady Mountain (Mt. Susitna) on a cold winter day in Anchorage Alaska.
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Mongolia (Alaska)

Walking across miles of incredible tundra really makes me want a horse!
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Looking Back

Due to a miscommunication during my talk with the backpackers i had aimed for the wrong notch. We came in at the low saddle along the ridge towards the right. The ridge climb wore me out so i wasn't happy about having to climb over three more knobs or rock. We did finally come back to the trail and i could see that it does indeed exist and goes down into the valley. As i thought, it goes down much too steeply and much too early.
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Peek at Denali

The clouds part briefly offering a peak the the higher slopes and granite walls.
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Ice Valleys 1

High up in the ice plateaus of the Wrangles is a vast network of valleys filled with ice, all merging together in this region to become the mighty Nabesna Glacier, the longest non polar valley glacier on Earth.
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Top of the World

High rolling hills near the White Mountains are characteristic of the Top of the World Highway at the most northern border crossing between the United States and Canada. I arrived 20 minutes too late, due to the sights and roughness of the dirt road, and had to spend the night next to the border. This pictures was taken on a color slide in the early 2000's.
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Tokositna Glacier

The impressive upper reaches of the Tokositna Glacier are a textbook study of lateral and medial moraines.
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Claws of the Spirits

The Inuit told their children that if they jumped to high the Aurora would reach down and chop their heads off.
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Ruth Tributary

This steep mountain valley makes up part of the "headwaters" of the Ruth Glacier.
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Black and Orange Mountain

Wrangle St. Elias National Park is part of the largest protected wilderness area in North America.
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Deep Winter Sunset

An a dark day in the dead of winter the sun sets between layers of clouds above Anchorage, Alaska.
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Mt. Wake

Base camp wasn't very pleasant so we headed east. This is the back, or west side of what i think is called Mt. Wake in the center.
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Desolate Arctic Valley

The Dalton Highway zigzags down through the northern side of the Brooks Range. There are no trees from here to the ocean.
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A Different Kind of Rainbow

A really nice display shifting from green to violet.
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The Yellow Mountains of Elias

Untouched streams flow through rarely visited canyons in the wilderness of Wrangle St. Elias.
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Granite Fins

Giant fins of granite on the side of Mt. Bradley.
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Conveyor of Mountains

These dark stripes, the lateral moraines are rubble stripped from the mountains. The rubble is thick, on the surface several dump trucks of thickness, and they usually continue well below the surface. They stretch all the way down the glacier, 35 miles from this point. All of that rock has been removed from the mountains. It's a detailed logbook of erosion. It's all right there, neatly organized, easily measured, and it's a huge sum.
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Storm Over Eagle Lake

The clouds part after a freezing rain (and snow) over Eagle Lake in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. The sleet and hail had been so bad Fisher and i sought shelter in a ruin.
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Edge of Tundra

A glacial stream flows from the edge of a smooth ice cap retreating up a freshly exposed, rugged canyon. On the left are tundra fields, on the right virtually nothing grows.
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Purple Canyon

Remote streams flow through multi colored canyon covered in tundra.
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Timeless Mountains

The primitive forms of the arctic landscape make one feel that they have travelled far back to the time before man.
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Walrus Tundra Terrace

A very nice walk up a mountain stream between two lakes
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Laughlin Glacier and Mountain

Laughlin is a dramatic hanging glacier near the US/Canadian border north of Skagway.
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Braided River

Gold Forests light up in the sun above the eastern end of the Matanuska River

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Bomber Pass

Bomber Pass is simply a low point in a thin ridge of high cliffs that allows you to descend by rope onto the Bomber Glacier
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Aurora over O’Malley

The Aurora can shift from almost nothing to a grand exposition in a matter of a few seconds, or back to nothing just as fast.
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Walrus Lake

A beautiful lake below a pass in the Chugach Mountains.
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Halibut Cove 2

An amazing place to live.
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Lower Williwaw Lakes

I've been to Williwaw Lakes numerous times and the water level can vary dramatically. One summer they were almost dry.
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Snow Dunes

Huge snow drifts above Portage Lake
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The World Beyond Ruth

The extremely rugged alpine landscape at the head of the Ruth Glacier
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Spring Avalanches

Smaller avalanches push against the back of a huge plate of unstable snowpack in the Kenai Mountains
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Kickstep Terminus

The terminal moraine of Kickstep Glacier is poring over with waterfalls nourishing meadows full of flowers.
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Prehistoric Hidden Valley

This valley is halfway up the 50 mile long Nabesna Glacier but is somehow ice free for a few miles. That makes it one of the most remote valleys in North America. If you can walk here from the road, then you are in shape to go anywhere on the planet.
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Prometheus

This hike in the Talkeetna Mountains reminded me of the movie Prometheus with it's moody dark colors and primordial landscape.
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Dogsled Pass Panorama

Extensive boulderfields greet visitors who make it up to Dogsled Pass, but what lies beyond those?
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Carpathian Peak Panorama

The highest, most iconic mountain of the region. Blackstone Bay and Prince William Sound lie on the other side. There are many shots of Carpathian Peak from this angle, but they are all taken from the road. This one is not.
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Blackstone Bay

After spending 6 hours hiking to and climbing up the Burns Glacier, the view of Blackstone Bay, after crossing the pass, was breathtaking. Very few people have ever seen it in summer.
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Insignificance Bestowed

It's impossible to describe the immense size of Denali. It's taller then Mt. Everest from bottom to top and also one of the most massive mountains on Earth. The foothills you see here would be regular sized mountains in most places on the continent.
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