|Denali National Park, from Mt. Sugarloaf.|
|Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (DPWL), from Mt. Sugarloaf.|
|The DPWL Property, with Music of Denali (MoD) smack-dab |
in the middle. Taken from Mt. Sugarloaf.
|MoD. This and the previous two photos|
were all taken from the same point on Sugarloaf.
|Sunset, or sunrise. Can't tell. Around 3am.|
|Denali's twin peaks make an appearance on the drive|
back from Fairbanks. About 100 miles away. It's THAT big.
|Rain on the horizon. Healy, AK. 2:30am.|
I climbed Mt. Sugarloaf, a small mountain that sits right smack dab in front of the Princess Property on the far side of the highway. I went with my friends and castmates Jessica, Tim, and Andrew, who we all call by his last name, Tebo. As we started the hike, I was informed that unlike all the other mountains that are worth hiking up around here, Sugarloaf is the most vertical. Don't get me wrong, it's not a challenging climb, compared to something as massive as Denali. This hike only takes about an hour. That being said, while other hikes, such as Mt. Healy, are mostly zig-zag trails that make you feel mostly like you're walking up a small mountain, Sugarloaf is more of a CLIMB, straight uphill. And I'm out of shape. INCREDIBLY, out of shape. So I made it only halfway up the mountain, to an old billboard on the side of the hill. I took a series of pictures when I got back down and pasted them together, so you can get an idea of what I look out at every day. Also to see how high I climbed. I must admit, it doesn't seem like a lot when you look at it in a picture, but it was a grueling climb. I'll hopefully try it again with a bit more strength before the end of the summer. In the mean time, enjoy the pictures below from my hike!
|My route up Mt. Sugarloaf. Made it more than halfway|
before petering out. NEXT TIME!
|Tebo and Jessica pointing out where we're going.|
From the halfway point, at the Lodge on the mountainside.
The billboard is located about halfway up the mountain.
|Climbing up Sugarloaf.|
|The Lodge on the mountainside, from the billboard on Sugarloaf.|
It looks more impressive from the top than from the bottom.
|We made it! Casey, Jessica, and Tim mark the occasion|
with a photograph.
I hope all is well with everyone else back in the lower 48! I miss all my family, friends, and most importantly, my wonderful girlfriend Lena, who is thriving in Los Angeles!! Hopefully when I get back, she'll introduce me to her cool new friends. By then, she'll probably have a multi-film studio contract and a million dollars, so I hope she lets me past security! =)
Much love to all. More fun stuff coming soon!