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Gold Mint to Yoder Road
It’s March in Alaska and time to be out skiing! I managed to convince Elizabeth and Kate that alder-thrashing would be far more rewarding than powder laps, so we set out to ski from the Gold Mint lot in Hatcher Pass to Yoder Road (outside of Talkeetna). The idea was to copy this trip, but bad visibility up high led us to switch to a lower route early on, meaning we’d get to go alder-thrashing for sure. Shortly after committing to our alternate route, the sun came out and the winds died down, which was just cruel in so many ways but — on the positive side — had the advantage of leaving the high traverse for another time.
We had planned for three long days. It took us four. It’s been a while since I’ve had an extra unplanned night out, and this was a fairly gentle reminder to be more diligent about packing that extra day of food, just in case. And not to preemptively eat the emergency chocolate stash…