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ITT: Anchorage city dwellers arguing with Anchorage hillside dwellers, on a title-gored post.
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Average day on hillside on the way down to city: http://i.imgur.com/8P33rMX.jpg
j/k this is what it actually looks like: https://i.imgur.com/iUaqcsu.jpg
Average day in city looking (about noon again) up at hillside: http://i.imgur.com/96fWXLm.png
Flattop is part of the same minor mountain range Ptarmigan Peak (pictured) is on.
OP’s pic is deceptive because of shitty weather, near mid winter, with steep short mountains (they’re only 5,000 feet) in the background being shadowed by themselves and shadowing the valley. Also the wording of the post, suns fully risen. If OP showed some of the left (north) side there wouldn’t be much illusion of darkness. But if any geologists or hikers can correct me, I think this range is higher than the north range to the left so it might not help as much.
**Also if anyone stumbles on this buried post, this is where it’s at:**
* The tall mountain is **Ptarmigan Peak**, part of the same small range as Flat Top
* The time of day of OP’s pic is indeed about noon, just really cloudy and in the shadow of the pass.
* The north side (not in OP’s picture) is part of a small range that is sandwiched between the other more northern range where O’Malley peak resides.
* The valley is a popular tourist trap and hike/ski trail dubbed **Powerline Pass**, where our municipal power gets sent off to Indian and Girdwood.
* Yes it’s an easy hike, yes it’s cold, yes it’s about 1000 feet (actually about 1500 but who cares), yes your ears will pop when you get up near hillside, yes its depressing, and yes OP’s title is misleading.
* What the city of Anchorage looks like right now: http://www.borealisbroadband.net/sheraton/sheraton1mega.jpg
EDIT: Also this is east of Anchorage’s main populace in the mountains beyond the hillside, however the entire municipality of Anchorage is f’ing huge and covers a land area about four times the size of L.A., look it up, it boggles the mind. So… still in Anchorage.
EDIT2: *a word. And more info added.