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Skiing the Brooks Range’s Highest Peak

Posted on: August 17th, 2009 by admin

Matt Hage climbing the east ridge of Mount Chamberlin to make the first ski descent, the highest peak in the Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Photo by Joe Stock.

Matt Hage climbing the east ridge of Mt. Chamberlin to make the first ski descent of the highest peak in the Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Joe Stock.

Earlier this summer, AAC member Joe Stock and Matt Hage made the likely first ski descent of Mt. Chamberlin, the highest peak in Alaska’s Brooks Range. When the two were dropped off at base camp at 1,500 feet, 12 miles from the foot of the peak, they saw no snow, and inconsistent snow and crevasses on the upper mountain made for an “interesting” descent from the 9,020-foot peak. But ski alpinism is about more than hero turns, as Stock ably describes in an illustrated trip report at the G3 website. Stock and Hage’s trip was partially funded by a grant from the Hans Saari Memorial Fund.

Over the past few years, Stock and various partners have completed several impressive ski adventures in Alaska, including big traverses in the Chugach, Neacola, Talkeetna, and Tordrillo mountains. Read more at his website. If you live in the Denver-Boulder area of Colorado, Stock will be doing a show about this year’s Mt. Chamberlin descent at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder on Thursday, August 20.