However, we didn't make the whole loop.
mistake #1 - beginning our hike at 4:30 pm. mistake #2 - Mike's LaSportiva boots that still cause blisters after a year. both of which led to mistake #3 - camping at mile 5 where there's no water and melting snow which used up all of our fuel on the first night.
here's me watching the sun 'set' instead of watching the snow not melt into water as the fuel can goes empty.
running out of fuel made our decision to turn back on account of Mike's blisters even easier. So we stashed some stuff at our campsite the next morning and set out for a day hike toward Chena Dome. we ran into some hikers later in the day who saw our stash and wondered "who took us".
Chena Dome is the flat-topped one in the background, tiny Mike in the foreground:
The steep 900-foot climb at Mile 8 or so is a good workout.We stopped for a while at the site of a 1950s military airplane crash. It's a big wreck, but it's amazing how bright and intact some of the parts still are.
The propellor is about 100 feet from the main body of the plane.