In April 2004, Dylan Taylor and I skied from Valdez to Caribou Creek by way of Mount Thor and the Matanuska Glacier. We left our car at the Valdez airport and slogged up the Valdez Glacier, over the steep Cashman Col, across the Tazlina and Science Glaciers to the intimidating precipitation vortex of the Columbia Glacier. A corridor between Mt. Elusive and Mt. Valhalla offered us a low angle route up the east shoulder of Mount Thor (12,251’), the second highest peak in the Chugach. Wearing crampons, we double carried our kit down the aesthetic north ridge of Mount Thor to the Sylvester Glacier. An easy 7,200 foot col linked us to the Powell Glacier and high glacial benches for 15 miles to the west branch of the Matanuska Glacier and out to the Glenn Highway at Caribou Creek. Our route gained about 19,000 feet over 98 miles.
Dylan at camp below the north ridge of Mount Thor. We down climbed this beautiful route twice to get our gear to the Sylvester Glacier.