Koktoya and The Tanainas - 8/23/2017
|My typical transition season gear.|
|Civic - AKA adventure MACHINE|
|Not looking too bad for a day that was supposed to rain, eh?|
|That nice looking trail dries up for a while... Trust me.|
|Looking back toward Anchorage|
|This makes me thirsty|
My plan for ascending Koktoya was to head up the mellow grass slopes past Long Lake, until I hit the south ridge. This turned out to be a pretty decent plan, until I went into the reduced visibility of the clouds and spent a while navigating several manky gullies. Definitely wasted some time in these! The moss was quite unpleasant.
|Near the summit of Koktoya|
|Note the bone on the summit. WTF|
|The lakes were peaking through the clouds|
|Screw that, I'm going left.|
Eventually I went back into the clouds, and reached the summit of East Tanaina. From here, I had a decision: do I go north, and to Temptation, or keep going west and the summit of West Tanaina?
Unfortunately, the long approach to Eagle Peak last week really flared up my IT band, and it was already hurting considerably from another long day. I decided I didn't feel like further gimping myself and opted to keep going west.
|Me getting da rocks out|
|Nice ridge now!|
|Best ridge ever in fact|
|Summit Circle of East Tanaina!|
The ridge became considerably more mellow, and in no time, I was at the summit of West Tanaina!
|Me having a nice walk|
|Summit of West Tanaina|
|Me walking ONCE AGAIN|
And just in time!
Looking toward Anchorage, I saw curtains of rain both to the west and the south, and there were clouds forming below. I went down as fast as my knee would let me, and began heading back toward Near Point.
|Looks like rain to me|
|Fog, aka The Nothing|
As I got close, the low clouds finally rolled in and visibility got downright terrible. I trended up and forward, making it to Near Point without much difficulty. Saw several people picking blueberries, and indeed - the blueberries were EVERYWHERE!
|Green and white|
|I was just down in that|
|Hey, that doesn't look so bad anymore|
The rain remained light until I got to the car, which I was thankful for.
|Moisture is the essence of wetness #Zoolander|
|Civic still looking good.|
Also, the word of the day was definitely MANKY. I couldn't stop saying it to myself :\