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Rungofarka Teaser

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From September 30-October 4, 2017, Alan Rousseau and I made the first ascent of Rungofarka, a 6495m peak in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Click into the article for short video from that expedition.

A Climb and Ski of the Tusk, Chugach AK

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In 2013, Ryan Murray and I climbed and skied the Tusk, one of a handful of the biggest ski lines in the Chugach known as the "Big 5."  Freeskier magazine wrote an article about these trophy lines but, unfortunately, the photo links are currently broken.  Here is a link to the archived article.

That year the Chugach had experienced a particularly vicious wind event and most of the skiing was in rough condition.  We had been puttering around Valdez, wondering what we could do.  One day we tried to ride our sleds into the Valley of the Tusk - it turned out to be pretty easy and the snow in the valley was really great powder.  We hatched a plan to return the next day to climb and ski the Tusk.

As it goes, the next day our ride in was not so easy.  Both Ryan and I rolled our sleds and crashed them into brush; it was not going smoothly.  To make matters worse, clouds were supposed to arrive that day and were threatening flat light conditions - not ideal for skiing a very steep mo…