Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bloody Fingers

Sorry for the late post, but here is what Ryan and I did after flying out of the Alaska range.

After a day organizing gear and cleaning up, we decided to head out of Anchorage to a rock climbing area near the small community of Chickaloon. The climbing was excellent; steep and very textured. Unfortunately I was feeling very weak after a month of being on the glacier mainly sitting and eating. Since the warm up routes are 5.11, I got worked quick. My fingers also took a beating. After the month of manicuring them in soaking wet gloves, I had lost all my calluses and the rough rock tore them apart. By the time I began to feel some strength returning, my fingers were bleeding and I was done. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes.

While we were there, I got a chance to visit my friend Glen and Anna. I finally got an opportunity to see their beautiful home and what a home it was. An amazing log cabin built on stilts thirty feet in the air.

After climbing, it was back to Anchorage to once again clean up and head for the airport.

Jorge and Skinny at Weener Lake.

Ryan kick'n it during belay duty.

The beautiful Chugach range across the valley.

Jorge working a route.

Glen and Anna's amazing home.

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