Rainy Pass Lodge Panorama
Into the Wild

Mountains #1

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

John Muir

Winter Blues #1

Winter Blues #2

Winter Blues #3

Those were the views 2 days ago with a winter storm moving out. The mountains started to peek through the clouds. Magical moments…

Today the sky is gray and a few flakes are in the air. Warm air! We almost got above freezing. In the midst of winter?

Looking forward to some visitors, an afternoon watching the NFL playoffs, and a scrumptious moose goulash tonight.

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A glimpse
One Man's Paradise

A glimpse into…

Between splitting wood, feeding the horses, hauling firewood and a bite to eat I managed to catch a glimpse of this beautiful peak to the North of us. Moose Valley leads to a number of steep granite towers with exposed rock faces. Snow will stick to the walls for a few days, then it will be blown off and show the brown underlying granite. The Kichatna Mountains are in this general direction, a remote range, visited by only a handful mountaineers. Further North is Mount Russell, a perfect pyramid, visible from hundred miles away, an image that follows me in my dreams.

Yesterday I tried my backcountry skis, on the runway! For the first time in many years I stood on backcountry skis.

“Free your heels, free your mind.”

That quote makes me smile. Steve, a fantastic pinhead and an accomplished mountaineer, would drop that line once in a while. We carved a few fine lines in Utah’s backcountry powder many winters ago. He would love this place, too. The snow is pure sugar, a pain to walk uphill, but boy on the way down, it just makes you grin insanely…

We got 8 inches of that light fluff in the last 2 days. Now the storm is hesitantly clearing, giving us glimpses into distant peaks and hills. It’s been a pleasant 20 degrees Fahrenheit lately.

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One Man's Paradise

Dear Santa…

just in case you have a hard time finding us,
we are located at N 62° 04′ W 152° 44′.

the view from the lake

the view from the lake

It’s not that hard to find. If you come from North Pole, turn East near Talkeetna and keep going until you enter Ptarmigan Valley. We are right at Puntilla Lake, which is frozen over. If you hit Rainy Pass you went too far.

I  also include a current picture. That’s what it looks like right now.

Rainy Pass Lodge at Puntilla Lake

Rainy Pass Lodge at Puntilla Lake

You have my wish list. I would like to add some fresh powder over night and some sunshine in the morning. The temperature is ok around 10-20°F without wind. That’s a great temperature to work in the wood lot. We have enough firewood to keep us warm. Bring us some fresh veggies and we are happy!Much love.

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One Man's Paradise

Around Puntilla Lake

This is paradise.

Serene, peaceful, and wild.

Remote, quiet, and comfortable.

Image: Dusted Tundra

Just a little dusting…

Image: The view from Lookout Mountain

Looking South from Lookout Hill

Image: Lookout Mountain

Lookout Hill, a 20 min stroll from the lodge.

Image: Rainy Pass Lodge and Puntilla Lake

Rainy Pass Lodge at Puntilla Lake.

Image: Puntilla Lake before it freezes over

Puntilla Lake with just a little ice.

Image: Lookout Mountain

Lookout Hil

Image: Rainy Pass Lodge and Puntilla Lake

Rainy Pass Lodge and Puntilla Lake

Image: Rainy Pass Lodge and Puntilla Lake

Rainy Pass Lodge and Puntilla Lake

Image: Puntilla Lake before it freezes over

Ice forming on Puntilla Lake

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