While Switzerland has apparently been experiencing winter weather this summer, the same can't be said for Alaska. After the least wintry winter ever in Alaska, we had the warmest spring, and now we've had the warmest, sunniest summer ever. No change is in sight, as an El Nino bomb is gathering itself for an assault on Alaska next winter. What's to be done about this? Andrew and I decided to go hiking in the sun.
The biome in which Girdwood is situated is considered "rainforest". But that may be changing with the climate. Girdwood hasn't seen much rain lately. Andrew and I went out for a recon hike to see what what was going on in the mountains above town. Ridges that would usually have huge overhanging cornices were bare rock. Rocky meadows that have been under snow for years and years were dry and bare of snow, with no lichens yet grown on the rocks after the sudden disappearance of the snow cover. It was simultaneously frightening and blissful. It was so nice up there, I went back a couple weeks later with D.
|This part of the trail is steep! It may be forest, but I wouldn't want to fall.|
|Our destination, Mt Alyeska, in the background.|
|Climbing the ridge|