11/25/2021 – Thanksgiving Day Epic

"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." Henry David Thoreau

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Thanksgiving Day Epic" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. (Note earlier time than usual) at the Jodhpur trailhead at Kincaid Park.   We will complete a loop route including the sand dunes, beaches, and bluff trail.

West Anchorage

11/18/2021 – Hillside and Campbell Trail Mix

"The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in" ~excerpt from 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' (by Robert Service)

E. Marquez will lead "Hillside and Campbell Trail Mix" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the Hillside Park parking lot on Abbott Road. We will tour a mix of snowy trails including the Moose Ridge Trail and others in the vicinity of Campbell Airstrip.

East Anchorage

11/11/2021 – You Are Not Forgotten

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. ~Randy Neugebauer

Lee Helzer will lead "You Are Not Forgotten" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:15pm in the parking area at the start of Eklutna Lake road. Due to limited space we will carpool to a 4ish car gravel pullout at about mile 4.5 on Eklutna Lake Road by electric pole 74. We will then hike up the road to electric pole 85 where we will depart the road and head up to Gold Star Peak then head over to Mount POW/MIA, pay homage, and return. Micro-spikes recommended. Please allow extra time for traffic delays.

Previous Years:

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One of Anchorage’s largest single day snow fall amounts in the past 60 years along with a semi tanker sliding backwards and an SUV wreck didn’t deter two Epicers from reaching the Mount P.O.W/M.I.A. summit on Veterans Day.

Eklutna

11/04/2021 – Rusty

“It is all one to me where I begin; for I shall come back again there.” Parmenides

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Rusty " with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Heights trailhead.  We will take the main trail to middle fork trail until just below Rusty Point.  Then we will ascend to the prominent boulder, before traversing towards the bowl beneath Wolverine and an alternate return route.

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The Chugach Front Range

10/28/2021 – Old Stump Road Exploration

Lee Helzer will lead "Old Stump Road Exploration" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet for a 6:30pm departure from the Konikson Road trailhead in Bird Valley.  We will head up the main trail to Old Stump Road.  We will explore the hemlock forest traveling up the Penguin creek drainage then return on the opposite side.  Expect lots of bushwhacking.

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Turnagain Arm

10/21/2021 – 2000 Ft Ceiling

There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating. Frederick Delius

E. Marquez will lead "2000 Ft Ceiling" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Basher Trailhead on the south of Campbell Airstrip Rd.  We will run to the end of the road, ascend to 2000 ft, traverse the face of Near Point, and return via the Near Point trail.

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The Chugach Front Range

10/14/2021 – The Dark Wood of Error

Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. How shall I say what wood that was! I never saw so drear, so rank, so arduous a wilderness! Dante Alighieri, Canto I, Inferno

Jesse Gobeli will lead "The Dark Wood of Error" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldy trailhead at the end of upper Skyline Drive in Eagle River.  We will take the trail to ridge and then set off across open terrain towards Roundtop.

Eagle River - North

09/30/2021 – It’s Winter Up There

Lee Helzer will lead "It's Winter Up There" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at Glen Alps trailhead for a 6:30 departure.  We will investigate the new extension to the Nintendo Hill trail and then poke around False Peak.  We will return via the Powerline trail.

It’s winter up there now.  Headlight and micro spikes recommended.

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The Chugach Front Range

09/16/2021 – Peak 1145 (3757)

Lee Helzer will lead "Peak 1145 (3757)" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at the main Eklutna Lake parking area near the boat launch for a 6:30 departure.  We will cross the dam and head up to the high point 1145 and follow the ridge west for as long as time allows.  We will return via bushwhacking along the Eklutna River.

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Eklutna

09/09/2021 – 2680

“There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.” Arthur Conan Doyle

Jesse Gobeli will lead "2680" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Peter’s Creek trailhead (end of Malcolm Drive).  We will take the standard route up Bear Mountain, then descend the opposite ridge.  Our destination will be the aesthetic yet seldom climbed point 2680.   From there we will climb to Eklutna Peak and return to the trailhead.

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Peters Creek