04/11/2024 – Wolverine Traverse

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." Dr. Seuss

E. Marquez will lead "Wolverine Traverse" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Heights trailhead. we will take the main trail to Wolverine and the cairn. From there, we will head directly across valley to the low saddle between Wolverine and Rusty Point. After crossing over, we will drop down to the the middle fork of Campbell creek, taking trails back to the trailhead. Snowshoes will very likely be necessary. e

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04/04/2024 – Rays on Rainbow

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain

Lee Helzer will lead "Rays on Rainbow" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 in the Telephone Pole Rock parking area (on the left after Beluga Point) on the Seward Highway. We will head up to the Turnagain Arm Trail and then diverge onto a ridge heading towards the Black Mesa. From there we will asses snow conditions and either continue up the North Face or the south west ridge of Rainbow Peak (hopefully) enjoying a beautiful sunset along the way.  Ice axe and micro spikes recommended.

From the summit we will take the standard route back to the Turnagain Arm Trail and return to the cars. There are out and back opportunities for those not desiring partaking in the full enchilada.

4/22/2021 – Rays on Rainbow

4/7/2016 - Rays On Rainbow

4/7/2016 - Rays On Rainbow

Post Report

No rays on Rainbow, but plenty of flakes on Rainbow.  Recent and active snow slowed us down considerably.

Turnagain Arm

03/28/2024 – Ptarmigan Pass

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars” ― Seneca

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Ptarmigan Pass" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Alps trailhead. We will run the powerline trail, ascend Ptarmigan Pass, then descend to the Rabbit Lakes trail and up and over Flattop to return.

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03/21/2024 – North Side Bunny Boots Repeat

"quote" ~by whom

Lee Helzer will lead " North Side Bunny Boots Repeat" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 departure at the Glen Alps Trailhead.

This will be an attempt to fully complete North Side Bunny Boots which we had to shorten due to high winds.

The route will ascend the original route up Flattop and will continue on the ridge to Peak 3. In the Peak 3 vicinity we will descend to the Powerline Trail and return to the trail head.

North Side Bunny Boots Descent (1/4/2024)

North Side Bunny Boots Descent (1/4/2024)

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03/14/2024 – McHugh Peak

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

E. Marquez will lead "McHugh Peak" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at the Rabbit Creek trailhead at 6:30 p.m. We will proceed up the main trail for a mile or so, before dropping down to the creek and then ascending the valley towards McHugh Peak. Return route will vary. Snowshoes will be required.

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03/07/2024 – Do you know where you are?

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” W. H. Auden

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Do you know where you are?" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at the McHugh Creek trailhead at 6:30 p.m. We will proceed on the Homestead trail for a mile or so before heading directly up the south face of the mountain, scrambling alongside cliffs and narrow gullies. Microspikes and ice axe recommended. From the ridge, the return route will be determined by participants.

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02/29/2024 – Potter Marsh Watershed Park Exploration

“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

Lee Helzer will lead "Potter Marsh Watershed Park Exploration" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet for a 6:30pm departure at Moen Park off Golden View Dr. We will explore trails in the proposed Potter Marsh Watershed Park.  Snowshoes advised.

PRESS RELEASE Great Land Trust to Create New 300-Acre Anchorage Park Above Potter Marsh

 

West Anchorage

02/22/2024 – No Man’s Land

"They say history repeats itself, let's just hope not tonight" Eliseo Marquez

E. Marquez will lead "No Man's Land" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Heights trailhead. We will take the main trail to Wolverine to the boulder, where we will divert to No Man’s Land. We will ascend to the saddle and return. Snowshoes are advisable in light of last week’s postholing nightmare.

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02/15/2024 – Turnagain Trail run

“All fortune is good fortune; for it either rewards, disciplines, amends, or punishes, and so is either useful or just.” ― Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Turnagain Trail run" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:20 p.m. (note early time) at the Windy Corner trailhead off the Seward Highway. We will carpool back to the Potter Marsh weigh station for the start. We will run the 9.2 mile length of the Turnagain Arm trail. Microspikes may be necessary.

Post Report

Unexpectedly bad post postholing increased the duration to 4h 30min.

Turnagain Arm

02/08/2024 – Eagle River Jaunt

“Water is the driver of nature.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci

Lee Helzer will lead "Eagle River Jaunt" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at the Eagle River Greenbelt Trail head by Briggs Bridge for a 6:30 departure.  We’ll head out the river to the vicinity of the South Fork confluence.  We’ll attempt to work our way to the South Fork Falls and return via the Greenbelt Trail.

Eagle River - South

02/01/2024 – How Low Will it Go?

"He remembered the advice of the old man on Sulphur Creek, and smiled. The man had been very serious when he said that no man should travel alone in that country after 50 below zero." To Build a Fire, Jack London

Lee Helzer will lead "How Low Will it Go?" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 departure at Prospect Heights Trailhead.  We will see how low the temp will go by looping Cabin Fever to Rovers Run.

Hopefully we will see temps lower than -16.9 which is the coldest recorded Epic temperature that occurred on the Smooth on the Edges Epic on 1/9/2020.

Post Report

Jesse, Eliseo, Josh and Lee set out on a record breaking Epic.  The parking lot temperature was a balmy -12F.  We surpassed our previous record low of -16.9 after just a mile in.  Temperatures continued dropping as we progressed.  At the intersection to the bog on the 2.5k trail in Far North Bicentennial Park we though the temps might be lower over there, so we decided to run over and check.

We recorded a new Epic Runs low temperature of -31.3 in the middle of the south west edge of the bog.  Temps warmed up slowly in the trees until around -22 where they stayed for the remainder of the run.

-31.3

-31.3f on How Low Will it Go? epic 2/1/2024

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01/25/2024 – O’Malley Cabin route

"Never face facts; if you do you'll never get up in the morning." Marlo Thomas

E. Marquez will lead "O'Malley Cabin route" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at the Hillside trailhead off Abbott road. We will complete a loop trail to Prospect Heights and the intersection of Wolverine and Near Point trail and return.

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