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AK08 – Mystery Ranch on Denali Part I


Andrew Crow, Ray Baker, and Mark Seacat doing their best to keep the scale in perspective. Kahiltna Glacier, Alaska. Photo by Kyle Christenson

5/21 Day three 7800 feet

We slept as long as we could. At least until the intense sub-arctic sun drove us out of the Dutch Ovens we refer to as tents. The rest of the day was spent lounging around camp in our underwear eating cheesy meaty grits, drinking too much Dead Man’s Reach and watching the guided groups slog by in the wet snow and severe heat.

Cheesy Meaty Grits for Everyone! Photo by Matt Steen

Sun's just going down and we're just getting started. Photo by Matt Steen

While on the lower mountain, nighttime travel is the only way to go – the snow is harder, the air is cooler, and the gumbies are all tucked away in their sleeping bags. It took me a week to get over what a freaking highway the lower mountain is! There is a steady stream of overloaded and overdressed climbers from every corner of the world wandering by our camp all day long. If you are a people-watcher like me, that place is heaven!

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He’d been shooting his bow for months.  The dedication was intense.  He spent the shortening days of the fading summer quivering with excitement and expectation.  And now the season is here.

It’s Friday, but he’s been packed since Tuesday.  We split work as soon as the boss relents to our incessant pestering.  Scouting has paid off and he’s seen his bull.  He tells me he’s seen it every day, in his mind; he’s experienced the kill in his dreams.  This is borderline spiritual.

The bugles fade with the light.  We camp on an adjacent ridge making quiet plans as we eat a cold meal in the dark.  I sleep, he doesn’t.  A few hours later I wake to coffee and sugary instant oats.  It’s time.

I can see the herd through the trees.  There’s a flash of hide and then steam as a bugle cuts the air.  I call and the bull screams in response, racing back down the hillside on the edge of his herd, not willing to leave. A small camo figure creeps along the treeline.  I call again.

Silence.  Twenty minutes pass.  I see my friend walking toward me through the open sage but can’t read his … READ MORE >

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