Monthly Archives: July 2009

Backpacking to Reed Lakes a couple weeks ago

Some shots from a recent backpack a couple weeks ago into Reed Lakes in the Talkeetna Mts north of Anchorage.  More fantastic weather.  Now we are experiencing a full week of rain.  Looking forward to heading to NE Oregon tomorrow for a week of sun and dry weather!

Chefornak to Eagle R Canoeing

Last from Chefornak, AK and canoeing the Eagle R last Sun.
Mon and Tue I went backpacking to Reed Lakes.  Those pics to come!

Rainbow Peak, Big Lake and Chefornak, AK

Friday July 3 Randy and I climbed Rainbow Peak.  The next few days I was working on Big Lake collecting lake samples during the July 4th wkd to determine how much polution there was from motor boats.  Similar to what I did on the Kenai R last summer.  Immediately after that I flew to Chefornak, AK way in western AK near the sea.  To get there I had to fly over the AK Range near Mt. Redoubt which happened to be steaming that day.  Ash from previous eruptions still blankets the ice fields.  I guess that will serve as an excellent marker bed.  Chefornak is a real wild Yupik village, pop 450.  No running water, no sewage.  You poop in a bucket and dump it in the landfill.  No roads, just boardwalks to keep you up out of the wet soggy tundra.  I found that permafrost was 1 ft under the veg mat.  It was a good trip and I learned a lot.