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.

The Chugach Front Range

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.


-31.3f 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.

The Chugach Front Range

01/18/2024 – Jack Remembrance

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.” – Milan Kundera

Lee Helzer will lead "Jack Remembrance" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at Glen Alps trailhead for a 6:30 departure.  We will celebrate the life of Jack the dog by telling our favorite Jack stories along the trail.

To the best of my knowledge we will repeat Jack’s first Epic, Tire Iron.  The first mile or so will be a walking mile.  We will head up Nintendo Hill to Little O’Malley where in 2012 high winds forced us to escape (nearly blew Jack away) down the north west ridge to the Middle Fork Trail.  We will follow hard packed (hopefully) trails and spectacular weather toward Prospect and return via a combination of South Rim Trail and Powerline Trail.

Please spread the word to those who may want to join.

Jack the Dog

Jack the Dog - 03/16/2023 - Repeats Epic

The Chugach Front Range

01/11/2024 – FNBP jaunt

“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.” Boethius

Jesse Gobeli will lead "FNBP jaunt" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillside trailhead off Abbott road. We will complete a running loop of Far North Bicentennial Park by various trails, eventually reaching the botanical gardens before returning.

East Anchorage

01/04/2024 – North Side Bunny Boots

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

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

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

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12/28/2023 – Near Point

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile." Roger Staubach

E. Marquez will lead "Near Point" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at the trailhead at the end of Basher Road (next to the military fence). We will proceed on the road to the trailhead and take the trail to Near Point. We will return by the same route. Snowshoes may be needed.

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12/21/2023 – More Snow Turtling

"quote" ~by whom

Lee Helzer will lead "More Snow Turtling" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at Prospect Heights for a 6:30 departure.  We will head up the Powerline trail and connect over to the Middle Fork trail via Campbell Creek Gorge trail and return.  Snow shoes advised.

The Chugach Front Range

12/14/2023 – McMurdo – The Three Headlamps route

“I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Jesse Gobeli will lead "McMurdo - The Three Headlamps route" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at Glen Alps trailhead at 6:30 p.m. We will head towards Hidden Lake albeit using a somewhat different route. We will cross the creek at the first bridge, and proceed to the area in the valley where we saw 3 headlamps during the Tour de Football Field epic. From there, we will thread our way through stands of krummholz towards the McMurdo ridge area. Return route will be based on the desires of the participants. Snowshoes will be the accessory of choice for this epic.

The Chugach Front Range