Backcountry Wedding

| June 23, 2010

I’ve never gotten bored with skiing as it seems like some new twist on the theme always shows up and keeps my interest alive (that plus it is just fun).  But, I don’t think I ever would have anticipated our trip to Iceberg Lake in the Wrangell-St.Elias Mountains to turn out quite the way it did.

We were out for a Claus “family day” of skiing, which involves loading ten or so people into a million-dollar bush plane and flying around until we found the tastiest looking place to ski, then setting down and doing a few laps.  In this case, we ended up at Iceberg Lake, the name of which later became apparent.

All photos by Ruedi Homberger

Family style skiing - at least if you are the Claus family. The Iceberg Lake namesake bergs are in the background.

As we were munching away there seemed to be some sort of covert activity going on in the background and I was halfway expecting a snowball attack (Logan Claus was in the house…).  Instead, Paul Claus asked for everyone’s attention and announced that Eli had just proposed to Aria, she had accepted, and as he was granted the authority to perform one marriage a day in Alaska, we were going to have a wedding.  Right now.  Everyone step behind the plane.

Logan Claus, on the far left, gives away Aria.

Reverand (Bishop? Minister?) Claus performing the wedding ceremony.

"By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you... married!"

My short, futile attempt at being a Wedding Director. "Throw rice now dammit!"

The wedding party photo.

The happy couple consummated their wedding by taking a victory lap on Iceberg Lake while the rest of us took another run.  It was a fantastic location and I was/am honored to have been part of the occasion with such a great group of people.  Best wishes to Aria & Eli!

Help support and toast the occassion with a a GSI Outdoors Beer Pilsner Glass from Click on the photo below…


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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. d3 says:

    i just love aria’s wedding shoes. can’t. be. beat.

    congratulations and best wishes!

  2. Jeanne Thomases says:

    Andrew…thank you for detail and perspective…I see the reverence…they were in ‘good hands’ all round…
    Blessings to you as well, Ari’s MOM

  3. karen says:

    Aria!! Congratulations! Wow! I guess your relationship with Eli up in Alaska is working out!! Woo hoo! You go girl!

    It looks like you’re having a fabulous time. I would love to see you guys here in Victoria whenever you want a visit to the slightly warmer oceans. Love and many blessings for a blessed marriage,

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