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Another icefield trek under the belt

Students in the UAS Outdoor Studies Mountaineering course complete a double summit of Juneau Icefield peaks

Posted: May 3, 2013 - 12:04am
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Alex Botelho climbs the north face of Rhino Peak in the Juneau Icefield this month.   Courtesy of Forest Wagner | University of Alaska Southeast
Courtesy of Forest Wagner | University of Alaska Southeast
Alex Botelho climbs the north face of Rhino Peak in the Juneau Icefield this month.

In five days, students participating in this semester’s Outdoor Studies Mountaineering course, through the University of Alaska Southeast, completed a double summit of two peaks on the Juneau Icefield in mid-April.

The group of ten, led by Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies Forest Wagner, were dropped off on the upper Taku Glacier by Ward Air and planned to ski home, but not before climbing and descending two peaks.

The team achieved their goal. On Friday, April 19, members of ODS 222, climbed and skied Snowdrift Peak and on Saturday, April 20, they climbed and skied Rhino Peak. They then walked out the West Glacier Trail at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

Students participating in the UAS Outdoor Studies Program regularly make outings into the wilderness where curriculum focuses on preparedness, team work and wilderness safety and skills.

• For more information about the program, go online to http://www.uas.alaska.edu.

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