Lahndt’s daughter and the friend climbed down and verified that Lahndt had died. In August 2012, a group of four hikers–including myself–set out from the MCA Rainery (Mint) Hut to climb Backdoor Gap, cross Pennyroyal and Bomber Glaciers, and return to our cars via the Reed Lakes trail. Bomber-Mint Traverse 24 Mile traverse up Reed Lakes Trail over ridge and down Bomber glacier. But after 8 miles of hiking, maybe you just want to sit and rest. The Mint glacier anchors an unfurling panorama of smaller hanging glacier that separate the whimsically named Spearmint and Telemint spires. Ascend northeast up the scree slope towards Bomber Pass and cross to Bomber Glacier. Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. 28. Penny Royal Glacier to the north, Mint Glacier to the south. 29. We slowed our pace and stayed close, but Joe was still little more than a shadow six feet behind me. Via Penny Royal Glacier: Foot, Ski, crampons might be necessary. [1] Penny Royal Glacier lies on the informal "Bomber Traverse" wilderness hiking route through the Talkeetna Mountains. Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. As we made another 180 degree turn the thought occurred to me that without this tiny, fragile, battery operated device, we would likely wander through this fog for hours trying to regain a trail back to the backcountry hut where our sleeping bags were waiting. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. We skied what I believe is the Penny Royal glacier down to the Bomber hut to drop our gear, eat lunch, and head out to ski what's good. The whole area was thankfully void of snowmachines and their tracks. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. According to AST, they received a report at 10:35 pm on Sunday night from a hiking group on the glacier that 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt had died in a […] We were already wet from the constant drizzle of rain, but the moisture of the fog seemed to carry extra weight as we walked, long since losing any sign of a trail. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska woman died when she fell while trying to cross a glacier. Tag: Penny Royal Glacier Bomber Traverse – Hut-To-Hut backpacking through the Talkeetna Mountains. There may be a trail but we didn’t find it. Park at the Reed lakes trail, follow the well worn trail to the Reed Lakes. From the top of that narrow pass you can look down the length of Penny Royal Glacier. Another option is to combine and make the traverse from Mint to Snowbird (or vice-versa). Getting hurt would mean two long nights before anyone even started looking for us. The hiker, identified as Leslie […] … Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. Everyone is ready to ride this beautiful glacier; The Penny Royal Glacier. Asulkan Glacier – Seven Steps to Paradise – 25 Apr, 2019; Backdoor Gap, the lowest point on the ridgeline above Penny Royal glacier, is my favorite place on the traverse. 31-32. Again. The glacier can receive snowfall year-round. The B1 bomber wreckage came into view at the next couloir as a speck of wing in the middle of the glacier. Tagged Alaska, Bomber Glacier, Bomber Hut, Bomber Traverse, Hatcher Pass, hiking, Mint Glacier, Mint Hut, Penny Royal Glacier, Snowbird Glacier, Snowbird Hut, Summer Leave a comment. Alaska State Troopers received a report of a hiker who fell on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area while trying to cross on 8/4/2019 at about 2235 hours. After taking back control of my emotions, we lunch. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman died when she fell while trying to cross a glacier. The Penny Royal Glacier and Back Door Gap can also be reached from the Bomber Hut, located northwest of the Penny Royal. The Talkeetna Mountains (Dghelaay tahwt’aene in Ahtna) are a mountain range in AlaskaThe Matanuska and Susitna River valleys, with towns such as Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton, and Chickaloon, roughly bound the Talkeetnas in the westerly parts of the range.Sovereign Mountain rises to 8,849 feet (2,697 m) in the remote and heavily glaciated central part of the range. Lahndt’s daughter and the friend climbed down and verified that Lahndt had died. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. Fog settled across us like a blanket dropped over our heads. Even my boots began to lose detail to the mist. Asulkan Glacier – Seven Steps to Paradise – 25 Apr, 2019. Penny Royal Glacier now sits behind us. Troopers say Lahndt slid several hundred […] Look out upon the high peaks surrounding the cabin and listen to the water spilling down into the valley below. Getting between a Penny Royal Glacier and Bomber Glacier felt like a breeze in comparison to the stretch of the Snowbird-Bomber I mentioned before. Wheeler Peak Glacier, Nevada – Sep 29, 2018, Bomber Glacier (Bomber Traverse) – Backpack, Mojito Glacier (Holden Hut Build) – Backpack, Northern Cwm Glacier (Holden Hut Build) – Backpack, PennyRoyal Glacier (Bomber Traverse) – Backpack, Snowbird Glacier (Bomber Traverse) – Backpack, Wintergreen Glacier (Holden Hut Build) – Backpack, Asulkan Glacier (Seven Steps to Paradise) – Ski Tour. Thanks for a great week Elisabeth! Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof (kah-SEE-lawf) was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. This trek is an Alaskan stunner and has all the trimmings of an epic hike, but be warned it comes with its dangers including steep, loose boulder & scree slopes, and glacier crossings. Troopers say Lahndt slid several hundred yards down the glacier into rocks. Lahndt’s daughter and the friend climbed down and verified that Lahndt had died. Palisade Glacier ski tour – Apr 14, 2019. Troopers say Lahndt slid several hundred […] She was a smidge tired when we returned to the car after 9 1/2 hours of skiing. Penny Royal Glacier sits in the Talkeetna Mountains in an undeveloped wilderness area, at an elevation between approximately 4,600-6,000 ft. Penny Royal is an alpine glacier surrounded by mountains, cliffs, and glacial valleys. From the base of the Penny Royal Glacier, the goal was to stay out of the thick brush and traverse hiker’s left toward the climb to the Snow Bird Hut. When we set out w… “Bomber Traverse – Hut-To-Hut backpacking through the Talkeetna Mountains”, Bomber Traverse – Hut-To-Hut backpacking through the Talkeetna Mountains, 31-32. We weren’t expected at the trailhead until the next evening, so getting truly lost would mean a long night in the cold if the fog failed to lift. Keep in mind the avalanche conditions on the slopes. I glanced down at my phone’s screen, which had been tracking our movements through GPS. Hiking the Mint-Bomber Traverse in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountians. We were nearly two miles from the hut through steep, Alaskan terrain, and from the hut it was over 9 miles to our exit trailhead. The glacier is most often accessed from the steep pass between Penny Royal Glacier and Bomber Glacier, from the valley floor at its terminus, or from the Backdoor Gap pass, which separates the glacier from Mint Valley. Around ridge and up Penny Royal glacier then over ridge (backdoor gap) to … Joy-whoops escaped while climbing up to and traversing the Penny Royal Glacier at the thought of having this paradise to myself. Penny Royal Glacier is a hanging alpine glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. Easily ascend the glacier, past Parliamint and up to the gap, which is the lowest point in the ridgeline above the glacier. There are few crevasses of any consequence. We planned to cross a pass between the glaciers known as “Bomber in a Day Gap” because it allows a truncated version of the Bomber Traverse that shaves some time and distance from the full traverse. The climb back up the Penny Royal Glacier, which is the glacier just east of the Bomber Glacier takes you over Backdoor Gap where you can descend the Mint Glacier to the Mint Hut well off to the west of Lynx Peak. Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. Updated July 2020, Hiking the Mint-Bomber Traverse was originally written in July 2018. No developed roads or paths lead to Penny Royal Glacier, though it is frequented by backcountry and wilderness enthusiasts. Salmon Glacier + Unnamed Glacier – Sep 15-17, 2019; 30. [2] Visitors are cautioned to be aware of the potential existence of dangerous crevasses, moulins, and bergschrunds, which may come and go with the movement of the glacier. Search for: Recent Posts. Alaska State Troopers on Thursday announced that they successfully retrieved the remains of a deceased hiker from the Penny Royal Glacier in Hatcher Pass on Wednesday. Angle your route so that you exit the glacier near the left side (as seen facing down-glacier). Oh, look, we’re heading the wrong way. … The view from Backdoor Gap on a late July morning. Part of the Bomber Traverse in Hatcher Pass along the Talkeetna Mountain Range. I could have never imagined a fog so thick. Lynx Peak Summit View of Bomber crash site. Detailed form and uptodate odds for you to place your bets. Mountaineers may cross it en route to nearby peaks, and the glacier can be skied. The route consisted of bushwhacking, bouldering, stream crossing, and swamp wallowing. Tagged: Alaska, Backcountry Skiing, Guided, Southcentral Alaska Backcountry Skiing, Talkeetna Mountains. There is no trail up to Bomber glacier, but it's hard to miss - stick to the east as you hike up to the glacier, then cut across (SW) to the pass that will take you to reed lakes. Fog settled across us like a blanket dropped over our heads. As you come around the ridge (which separates Penny Royal from Bomber Glaciers) you should see the Bomber Hut (3850') about a mile or so away. Alaska State Troopers say 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof was killed in the fall on Penny Royal Glacier in the Hatcher Pass area. Salmon Glacier + Unnamed Glacier – Sep 15-17, 2019, 30. The day was so clear and still every crystal of ice was light dancing. Elisabeth below the Penny Royal Glacier after 2,000 feet of untracked powder, halfway through the day tour. The weather still spoils us with this beautiful blue sky, but we must move because the wind rises slightly, and we see clouds coming. Via Moose Creek: From … ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska woman died when she fell while trying to cross a glacier. Above it, two turquoise lakes sat calmly at the foot of the Mint Glacier, which feeds them. Troopers say Lahndt slid several hundred yards down the glacier into rocks. Race information for race 2 at Taupo - NZ on 21/08/2019. Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were hiking Sunday. This would remove Bomber Pass/Glacier and … Penny Royal Glacier is a hanging alpine glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. One thousand feet below us sat the Mint Hut: tiny, and fierce red against the autumn-tinged landscape. No wonder so many people get lost when visibility drops away. Behind Mint Glacier, Grizzly Pass beckons hikers into the remote upper Moose Creek valley. Follow the stream from Penny Royal Glacier, then cut west at the small lake (or continue all the way to Bomber hut). (Photo by Kerry Nelson) Penny Royal Glacier lies along the Bomber Traverse, a backcountry hut-to-hut route in the Talkeetna Mountains that includes glacier travel and hiking on steep, rocky terrain.