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UAS mountaineering students tackle Juneau's peaks

Posted: May 2, 2014 - 12:00am
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ODS students smile at the summit of Emperor peak in April during a trek on the Juneau Icefield.   Courtesy of the University of Alaska Southeast
Courtesy of the University of Alaska Southeast
ODS students smile at the summit of Emperor peak in April during a trek on the Juneau Icefield.

Students and faculty in the University of Alaska Southeast Mountaineering course climbed and skied several peaks on the Northwest fork of the Upper Taku Glacier and Juneau Icefield from April 11 to 16, according to a release from UAS.

Seven students and two instructors climbed and skied the peaks of Snowdrift, Emperor, Princess and Stroller White, landing on the icefield by ski plane and returning to town via the Mendenhall Glacier and West Glacier Trail, approximately 20 miles of travel.

Air taxi service was provided by Ed Kiesel of Ward Air.

The group experienced excellent powder and stable snow conditions and witnessed the aurora borealis. The mountaineering course runs every year in April and is part of a constellation of skills and leadership courses offered through the UAS Outdoor Studies Program, a one or four year degree granting Humanities programs at the UAS Juneau campus.

For more information about icefield climbing, or the Outdoor Studies Program, contact Forest Wagner by email fjwagner@uas.alaska.edu or by phone at 796-6361.

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