Cosmic Integration in the Chugach Mountains
The mountains above Anchorage are called the Chugach Front Range. These are the tippy western end of the Chugach Mountains, separated by Ship Creek and Indian Creek. This small subrange has 35 named summits (Imus Geographics Chugach State Park map) and 12 summits that rise above 5,000 feet. Connecting these 12 highest summits in a single push is an attractive and lofty goal for Anchorage mountain runners. This Chugach Front Linkup has also become knows as Cosmic Integration.
While many Anchorage runners are physically capable of the Chugach Front Linkup, the real crux is piecing together a logical route. Finding a fast and less dangerous line between these rugged and complicated summits takes years of research. Venturing on these endless research runs is a mountain runners dream. Ticking off the linkup is just the graduation party.
Start and finish from a car parking lot.
Don’t record or share your route track. Your word and your reputation is your evidence. Following a track removes the adventure component. Also, sharing your track is akin to leaving cairns. Let other people have as much fun and adventure as you did.
18–21,000 vertical feet, 36-45 miles
1990 27:30 hours, Shawn Lyons, Walk About Guide to Alaska, Vol 2.
2006 July 9, 23:13 hours, Trond Jensen and Joe Stock, Trail Runner Jan 2007.
2008 34 hours, Rob Develice and Charlie Thomas.
2008 22:40 hours, JT Lindholm.
2010 22:42 hours, Harlow Robinson.
2012 29 hours, Abby and Stephen Rideout.
2016 22:10 hours, Harlow Robinson and Matias Saari, ADN.
2016 June 25, 27:22 hours, Aaron Thrasher.
2016 July 9, 24:13 hours, Marlo Karjala.
2017 July 22, 18:10 hours, Peter Mamrol and Lars Arneson, ADN.
2018 July 20, 17:43 hours, Adam Jensen and Matt Shryock. Post here.
2018 July, 23 hours, Joe Nyholm and Miles Knotek.
2019 June 22, 26 hours, Sophia Tidler.
2019 July 13, 23:50 hours, Julianne Dickerson, April McAnly, Abby Jahn. ADN.
2019 July 18, 14:41 hours, Lars Arneson. ADN.
2019 July 19, 27:36 hours, Keegan Crow and Annie Connellly.
The Chugach Front 5,000-Foot Peaks
Mount Williwaw 5,445’
Temptation Peak 5,383’
Tanaina Peak 5,358’
The Ramp 5,240’
Tikishla Peak 5,230’
West Tanaina Peak 5,200’
O'Malley Peak 5,150'
Koktoya Peak 5,148’
Hidden Peak 5,105’
North Suicide Peak 5,065’
Avalanche Mountain 5,050'
Suicide Peak 5,005’