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After a series of steep switchbacks, we crested out on a knife-edged ridge with high-angle exposure of a thousand feet or so off of both sides--and ran into the Alpine Ascents team coming down the track up ahead. A slight traffic jam ensued, but it was mostly orderly, and after we all got it all sorted, our teams plunged ahead for the exhilarating ridge walk that ended up being one of the highlights of the trip for many, including me.
Our next transition point was all business: snowshoes off, crampons on, and pull the trigger for the final approach to the summit. We descended sharply off that crest, then up a long steep slope, down a bit more, and then ultimately climbed the final few hundred vertical feet to a spectacular corniced overlook of the entire theater of peaks in the Kahiltna Base Camp area.
After a bunch of group photo opportunities, Mike gathered the group out on the lip to talk about features of glaciers… a discussion I won’t soon forget (as he pointed out earlier haha). He used a Snickers bar as a prop, and when you illustrate something with food for me, it all makes sense. :-D It was a very interesting and (as usual) educational discussion.