The Outdoor Studies mountaineering course climbed a number of peaks on the northwest fork of the Upper Taku Glacier on the Juneau Icefield and then skied back to town.
The group of seven, led by instructors Forest Wagner and Sammy Becker were on the peaks Snowdrift, Emperor, Princess, and Stroller White. They landed on the Icefield by ski plane on April 11 and returned to Juneau April 16 via the Mendenhall Glacier and West Glacier Trail after approximately 20 miles of skiing and hiking. The group found excellent powder, stable snow conditions, and amazing aurora borealis. The mountaineering course runs annually and is part of a constellation of skills and leadership courses offered through the University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Studies Program, a one and four year degree granting Humanities program of the UAS Juneau campus.
ODS students camped at the summit of Emperor peak in April during a trek on the Juneau Icefield. From left to right, Hannah Vigue, Anna Gutschi, Nick Svinicki, Angelo Squires, Sammy Becker, Forest Wagner.
Emperor Camp, photo by Forest Wagner