codytownsend We began hiking at 3:00 am. Roped up and ascended through a tumbling, undulating and broken up crevasse and serac field in the pitch black of night. We crossed the bergschrund at 4:45 am, put our ascent plates on and began the deep bootpack up the safest route we could see--the most prominent spine on The Wizard. @markabma @austinross88 and I took turns breaking trail as dawn began to emerge. #AKInTents #msp2016 11h

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codytownsend One more sleep with a 2:00 am wake up planned. It was time to go ski "The Wizard". #AKInTents #msp2016 19h

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codytownsend Not often you feel the need to put a beacon on to take a dump. #AKInTents #msp2016 1d

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codytownsend Lotta people asking questions about my #AKInTents set up in previous comments. So here's what I was using. The @salomonfreeski QST 118 in a 192cm length and the MTN Binding (Pin Binding) was my daily driver out there. Gotta say, having a ski as light as the 118 while still being insanely powerful, helped me a ton on this trip. Only a few short years ago, having something that could handle thousands of feet of climbing and miles of skinning while still being able to shred big lines at full speed with total confidence, was a near impossibility. Crazy to see such rapid advances in ski technology across the backcountry industry recently. #msp2016 2d

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codytownsend ...and this is the sweet sweet sweet reward of a morning of skinning and climbing. One of the longest and most fun spines I've ever skied. After I skied it @markabma told me I've been hanging out with @kajzackrisson and @chrisrubens too much cause I was hooting and hollering my way down. Such a rewarding day....there was only one line left on all our minds. #AKInTents #msp2016 3d

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codytownsend Heading up to the Dos Amigos spines. One of the hardest aspects of skiing big lines under your own power is not the actual climbing itself, but actually the selection and timing of where and what you're climbing. Choosing a protected couloir instead of going up the line itself kept us out of the way of an active serac, that actually slid right before we topped out. It's a constant learning process, one that makes you learn more about the mountains in a couple hours than a couple years of skiing out of a heli. Here @markabma and @austinross88 make their way up the top of the access couloir. #AKInTents #msp2016 3d

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codytownsend Our window was here. A week had passed, the snow had stabilized, our confidence built and the time was ripe. @markabma had two impressively long and steep, twin spines on his mind. They were an object of fixation for him. So on day one of our two day sun window, we set off in the early morning of dawn to get on top of our first true big lines of the trip. #AKInTents #msp2016 4d

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codytownsend Glacier Pirates. #AKInTents #msp2016 5d

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codytownsend Since the moment we touched down at camp, I couldn't get this damn face out of my head. Looming right above camp, every moment it was illuminated, I was pretty much staring at it. On Day 1, I looked up and muttered to myself, "Oh man, what the fuck did I get myself into." By the end of the first week, things were stabilizing, we were getting a good grasp on the snow and terrain and suddenly, the spine wall known as "The Wizard of Ah's" didn't seem completely out of reach. #AKInTents #msp2016 5d

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codytownsend After the previous day's tip-toeing and mini-golfing, we eyed some slightly bigger spines that you can see in the far back right of the photo. We could feel and observe the 6 feet of snow compressing, consolidating and stabilizing. But it still wasn't quite time to step up to the giant lines. @markabma & @zackgiffin pondering how long its gonna take to get to our destination. #AKInTents #msp2016 6d

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codytownsend I've heard people in Vail will spend many millions for ski in, ski out living. Dummies. All ya need is a good tent, a warm sleeping bag, a pair of touring sticks and a couple waterproof duffles and you can have ski in, ski out living anywhere. @salomonfreeski @thule #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend It was mini-golf time. It was also a time to watch a guy who is a full time television host, who only skis a few weeks a year, nail this transfer to mini-tranny. Pretty damn impressed by @zackgiffin. From sitting around in the tents listening to his well rounded philosophy on tiny homes to him absolutely charging throughout the trip, it was fun to get to know a guy in the middle of nowhere. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend It was finally time to shred. After booting up one line, only to get turned around at a heavily loaded and unstable planar face, we went scouting for something a little less snow loaded. Which meant, time to go straight lining. The wallow fest to get up to this line was nearly inhuman. I was up to my chest the entire time, fell into a mini-bergschrund once and questioned what the fuck I was doing most of the way up. Ended up being totalllllly worth it though. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend On Day 4, we woke up as the clouds began to part. It was time to evaluate the snowpack, make some decisions and hopefully, make some of the first turns of the trip. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend As the storm finally broke, it was time to put them skis on and start exploring. One problem was that its hard to skin in 6 feet of fresh and even harder to stand back up if you idiotically fall over like I did once, so in light of that and with flat light and deep snow, we just skinned up and down the glacier setting skin tracks to make the coming days easier on the legs. Here @zackgiffin blazes a trail to the Practice Spines. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend On the third day the clouds broke apart, the snow stopped and we got an oh so welcome view of something more than a complete white out. Got to also check out how damn deep our tents were after the storm. The glacier level had risen so much it looked like our tents had melted down into the glacier. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend Pro Winter Camping Tip: If you're inside your tent and it sounds dead silent outside, you're buried in. @sturgegram's tent at 8:30 am, which was cleared of snow 3 hours prior on Day 2. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend It just kept snowing. Barely a breath of wind. Just a consistent and unyielding downpour of snow. Twelve hours before I took this photo, these skis were barely stuck in the snow tails first without a trace of snow on them. #AKInTents #msp2016 1w

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codytownsend ...and then it started snowing. Snowing harder than I've ever seen it snow before. Over the course of the next 36 hours it would snow more than 6 feet at rates of up to 4 inches per hour. The digging had begun...#AKInTents #msp2016 2w

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codytownsend On Day 1, our drop off point was high up on one of the biggest glaciers in the Tordrillos. As we set up camp the sun started to go down and the clouds started to move in, foreboding a massive storm that was unlike any storm I've ever seen before. #AKInTents #msp2016 2w

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