Tag Archives: Alaska

  • Waiting on Fairweather | Committed


    Waiting on Fairweather

    Follow Mark and Janelle Smiley as they pursue climbing the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

    Words by Mark Smiley

    In June we headed for Mt. Fairweather (15,325'), located a mere 13 miles from the Pacific coast in SE Alaska. The Carpe Ridge is the "classic" route on its South Face. This snow, ice, and rock route ascends a little under 11,000 vertical feet from the glacier camp. It's huge! I would equate it to a remote, steeper, rockier, longer, Liberty Ridge on Rainier.

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  • Kristin Gates Brooks Range Solo - Sept 24th

    Kristin Gates will be presenting about her solo traverse of the Brooks Range September 24th at Feathered Friends! Kristin Gates will be presenting about her solo traverse of the Brooks Range September 24th at Feathered Friends!

    Kristin Gates | Solo Traverse of Alaska's Brooks Range

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Presentation by Kristin Gates on her solo traverse of the Brooks Range in Alaska
    When: Tuesday, September 24th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Schwag | Cold Refreshments

    Kristin Gates traversed the Brooks Range in Alaska, from the Yukon/Alaska Border to Kotzebue, by foot and packraft in the Spring of 2013. She was the first woman to accomplish this feat. Her 1,000+ mile traverse brought her through some of the more remote areas of the Last Frontier - no trails or people for miles, just big-time wilderness, stunning terrain and wildlife.

    See what her Alaskan Odyssey was all about at Feathered Friends on Tuesday, September 24th! Hope to see you there!
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  • West Ridge of Moose's Tooth Video

    Check out the newly released video of Mark & Janelle Smiley's ascent of the Moose's Tooth West Ridge in Alaska. Inspiring work!

    Get the full trip report at Moose's Tooth - West Ridge
    See the Smiley's project in progress at SmileysProject.com
    Stay tuned for more awesome videos this fall!

  • Moose's Tooth - West Ridge | Committed

    The West Ridge of the Moose's Tooth The West Ridge of the Moose's Tooth

    Success on the Moose's Tooth

    By Mark Smiley

    Janelle and I were very excited to get back into the classic climbing circuit for the fourth year in a row, after an amazing winter overseas. We had spent 90 days in Europe, where Janelle competed in several countries with the best ski mountaineering racers in the world, while I made videos of the experience. The videos can be scene here (episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5). In May we flew back to the States, and had 13 non-traveling days to pack and prep for our expeditions to Alaska. This was definitely not enough time, but we made it work. Most of the time I feel like a professional packer, always lugging around at least two fifty pound duffel bags and a way-to-heavy carry on. Life is so rough =)

    The first climb on our calendar for the year was the West Ridge of the Moose’s Tooth. This would be our second attempt. In 2010 we tried to climb it but got turned around largely due to Alaska sized intimidation, and horrible snow conditions.

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  • Congratulations to Kristin Gates!

    Kristin Gates completes her journey in Kotzbue, Alaska, after nearly two months of traversing the Brooks Range solo Kristin Gates completes her journey in Kotzbue, Alaska, after nearly two months of traversing the Brooks Range solo

    A huge congratulations is in order for Feathered Friends athlete Kristin Gates after she completed her epic journey, traversing the Brooks Range in Alaska. She traveled solo, backpacking and rafting her way from the Yukon border to the Chukchi Sea. We can't wait to see more photos and hear more about this tremendous feat!

    Be sure to check out Kristin's Eating Miles for Breakfast blog

  • August 14 | Committed with Mark & Janelle Smiley

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    Join us August 14th at 7:30pm for an evening of photo, video, and stories with Mark and Janelle Smiley on their endeavor to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

    2012 and 2013 have been loaded with massive classic climbs. Mark and Janelle will highlight their successes in photo and video from the stunning and seldom climbed South Face of Mt Waddington, cruelly-named Mt Fairweather, classic Alaskan climbing test pieces on Moose's Tooth and Mt Huntington, the uber classic Salathe Wall on El Capitan, and the iconic Mt Alberta.

    What: Committed - a Multimedia Presentation by Mark & Janelle Smiley
    Who: Mark and Janelle Smiley
    Where: Feathered Friends - 119 Yale Ave N, Seattle 98109
    When: August 14th, 2013
    Time: 7:30pm
    Cost: $5 at the door (includes a raffle ticket)
    Extras: Raffle for goods from La Sportiva, Feathered Friends, and more! Liquid refreshments also on hand. Prints will be available for purchase.

    Routes
    Mt Waddington - South Face - V 5.7
    Mt Alberta - Japanese Route - IV 5.6
    Mt Huntington - West Face - V 5.9 A2
    Moose's Tooth - West Ridge - V
    Mt Fairweather - Carpe Ridge - 5.6 AI3
    El Capitan - Salathe Wall - VI 5.10 A3
    and more!

    Check out the Smiley's Project - including their progress, videos, and more -  online at smileysproject.com

    Hope to see you there!

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