Back In Backcountry
It was pretty hard to get lost out here with Denali as a point of reference. Just keep the big rock to the left going out and on your right coming in.
One Foot / Minute
This raging river looks shallow but I promise you it went above my waist. It was also FREEZING. With no where else to go I had no choice but to carefully cross it!
Yup this river crossing was wider, stronger, deeper, and colder. It took me forever to get the guts to cross. By the time I did I was using my stick to inch me forward little by little.
The final crossing of the day was perhaps the worst. One wrong step or rogue rapid would have sent me and my gear thrashing down the river. Just beyond however is the plateau I had to climb and avoid the grizzley bear dens
Only the sun can paint the tops of giant mountains in just a moment
I wonder if I'd have ever found out what lay beyond these mountains.
The day lasted forever and it was finally for the lesser mountains of Denali National Park to rest.
It seemed almost like the sun never set here. With soaked clothes I was happy the sun opted to stay up a few hours longer than I anticipated
Would I set out tomorrow to continue onward and explore the Sunset and Sunrise Glaciers?
Setting up camp was a low emergency compared to just taking off the pack and eating. Not to mention enjoy the sunset.
Lucky to capture my speechless moments as I was wondering at the unmatched sunset. This is also what someone looks like after they walk into a Grizzly Bear den
It may have been here where I reached a state of uncomparable bliss.
Sorry for the string of selfies but its also imporant for me to recall emotion.
The sunset lasted forever and here was some of the provided entertainment
Priceless Real Estate
500 foot square apartment in Alexandria: $1800/month; 4,724,735.16 acres to yourself in the remote Denali National Park backcountry: $0 (maybe sore feet)