Richard Baranow drew in a deep breath and looked across a seemingly endless expanse of snow-clad mountains. More than 20 miles to the north was the sprawling Knik Glacier ramping up to the Chugach Mountain giant, 13,176-foot Mount Marcus Baker. It was a sunny afternoon on April 30th of this year, and Baranow was standing near the southeast corner of Chugach State Park on the snowy summit of a 6,390-foot peak known as Whitecrown. A day earlier he and climbing partner Ross Noffsinger had summited a nearby lesser peak known only by its elevation in feet—4380. They were the last two peaks of a quest Baranow had unintentionally begun decades earlier: to climb all of the 166 true peaks in the Western Chugach Mountains, unassisted by any type of off-road motorized support; i.e. by not using aircraft, four-wheelers, or snowmachines in their approach.