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Matador Ambassador Drew Tabke shows a few tricks and techniques from his recent backcountry expedition in Alaska on how to set up a bomber camp in the snow.

IN LATE APRIL I spent 11 days snow camping in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska with the ultimate goal of climbing and skiing some big peaks in the area. Though we’d never undertaken a trip like this an environment as extreme as what we encountered in Alaska, my partners — Chopo Diaz and Claudio Vicuña — and I all had extensive experience living in snowy environments elsewhere in the world.

Thanks to this experience, extensive planning, and the right gear, we had a comfortable and successful trip. Here are some photos and advice on living like royalty in the kingdom of the gods.

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Drew Tabke

Drew skis twelve months a year and still wants more. He spends winters pursuing the Freeride and Freeskiing World Tours (overall champion in 2011; 2nd overall in 2012), ski mountaineering from his Seattle, WA home in the springtime, summers skiing and guiding in Chile, and by late fall the snow is typically flying again in Washington's Cascade Mountains. He designs the Praxis skis that he rides and has been a North Face athlete for seven years.

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