Here’s another unnamed mountain in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. I skied up the Lakina River a ways to take this photo. I’m looking forward to skiing further up the river and exploring the drainage a bit more – it’s a great place to look around, and doesn’t get too many folks visiting – particularly in the winter. There wasn’t even a snow machine trail up here, which in Wrangell St. Elias National Park in the winter is pretty rare.
The light here was really cool, slightly diffused by a building storm, but still strong enough to make the the peak somewhat dramatic. The wind was whipping up around the peak, churning up the fresh snow, which was kinda cool to watch. Even better, it wasn’t too windy down lower where I was at. 🙂
I converted the image to black and white when I got home, which I preferred to the original color version. I think this is the first photo of this mountain I’ve posted, but the mountain is one of the Crystalline Hills, which I think I posted an image or 2 of last spring. The Crystalline Hills are the southern end of the Wrangell Mountain Range , and run east-west, parallel to the McCarthy Rd. This peak is pretty much the eastern end of the Hills. The mountain is officially unnamed, but known locally as either ‘Mom’s Mountain’, or ‘Collins’ Mountain’. Mom’s Mountain by one family that lives nearby, and the kids’ mother has a classic view of the mountain out her bedroom window – so they call it ‘Mom’s Mountain’. Another family east of there, the Collins’, who live near Long Lake, refer to the mountain as ‘Collins’ Mountain’, as its out their backyard. I smell a feud. 🙂
PS – the above info was given me by a long-time resident of the area, and he assures me it’s correct. I make no promises other than I’ve communicated his story here accurately, and that, officially, the mountain is not named.