On our first evening we drove the Taylor/"Top of the World" Highway. Beautiful sunset views of the foothills of the Alaska Range really did make us feel "top of the world." Regrettably the US/CAN border was closed so we just had to camp along the side of the road and wait for customs to open in the morning.
|Top of the World Highway. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Yukon River ferry. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Downtown Dawson City. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Robert Service Cabin. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Cassiar Highway. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Kinaskan Lake Park. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Packrafting. Credit Trevor Clark|
We continued thru Smithers (quaint) and Whistler (pricy). A map reading snafu (and poor Canadian highway design) caused me to end up in downtown Vancouver during morning rush hour. Not fun. There was a substantial wait to cross the border back into the US. Trevor and I joked about the need for a "returning US citizens" express line, complete with confetti, the Star Spangled Banner on perpetual repeat, and a flock of screeching bald eagles to welcome us back to the Motherland. All we got was a curt nod, but we were still happy to return to the land of miles per hour and gallons. Driving for days on the speedometer's less obvious kph markings and doing two calculations at the gas station (one for L/gal and the other for US/CAN currency) to determine how bad I was getting ripped off was annoying.
We drove sufficiently fast to have 3 days for climbing at the end of our trip. We originally wanted to do something in British Columbia but limited information and subpar conditions led us to pick an objective in North Cascades National Park. Fresh off my mountaineering trip, I offered to lead up the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak, a classic alpine climb (with a sweet name!).
|Forbidden Peak. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Trevor crossing stream|
|Sunset from high camp. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Early morning over Boston Basin. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Glacier snowbridge. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Summit break. Credit Trevor Clark|
|Trevor on rappel|
|Matt on rappel. Credit Trevor Clark|
|The storm approaches!|
I dropped Trevor off at the airport. Ever the adventurer, he planned our road trip to coincide with a bid up Mt. Rainier with some other friends of his. As of this writing, he told me that they made it. Congrats buddy, third time's the charm.
|Happy to have survived the thunderstorm. Thanks for road tripping and best of luck at Georgia Tech|