Monday, May 15, 2006

Glissading in the Chugach

Andrea and I headed up to Peak 4 (yes, one peak on the ridgeline past Peak 3) to do a late afternoon hike on Sunday. We left the skis at home and took our ice axes to do some glissading off the summit of Peak 3 on the way down.
Below, Andrea demonstrates the "Chugach Technique" of glissade - you carry a plastic garbage bag in your pack with you and cut holes in it for your legs for the slide down. Normally, the Chugach Technique is done with cut-off jeans and Nike Lava Dome light hikers. Well, we will just call her version a modern variant. For getting off a peak fast, nothing beats black plastic!


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