Monday, September 29, 2008

MCA Ice Festival

It was a great weekend! The weather was perfect: cool, calm, sunny, and the perfect temperature to keep the ice firm for climbing and hard enough to hold the ice screws from melting out. I drove up to the Matanuska Glacier on Friday, set up camp, had a fantastic steak dinner compliments of Harry Hunt and Dani Evenson. The next morning our group met at the parking lot overlooking the glacier. Rob Litsenberger was my co-instructor for a great group: Jacob Absalon, Ed Serrano, Chelsea Rembert, Alyssa Rembert, Kim Kawaguchi, Josh Carter, and Vicki Schrader.

Here we are set up at the belay with the mud lake and toe of the glacier in the background. Ed is belaying as Kim watches from behind him, with Alyssa, Chelsea, Jacob, and Rob in checking it out.Chelsea ready for action.

Alyssa, tearing it up on the overhanging wall.

Vicki glued to the wall with her ice tools.

Kim, high on the face!

After two great days, Rob, Ed, and Josh in more comfortable clothes ready for the trip home!!

You can click at the top title or below for a link to my Picasa page for all the photos of our group:


alaskacase said...

This was a great time, and you were the biggest hit of the weekend. Thanks for all your relaxed attitude and patient guidance!


sbt said...

Looks like fun Ralph - I'll bet you were a fantastic instructor!

Anonymous said...

Alyssa and Chelsea are my beautiful nieces, thanks for sharing the pictures!!

Aunt Wendy