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An old favorite: Mount Baldy

September 12, 2015
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An old favorite: Mount Baldy

Andy HallA cairn marks the trail at Baldy, one of the most-often-hiked peaks in Eagle River, north of Anchorage. Baldy is my go-to hike to get into the mountains near…

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Winging it

April 14, 2015
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When a spur-of-the-moment trip turns sour, a dry cabin offers reprieve The hammering rain started at 10 p.m. It dampened the mosquitoes, but it didn’t make the alder forest less…

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Backcountry boom

February 5, 2015
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Dana Drummond skiing Carpathian Peak in the Kenai Mountains. Joe Stock

Skiing the urban wilds requires some ethics, know-how In the 1990s, the backcountry ski slopes around southcentral Alaska were quiet. Only a few dedicated pinheads skied the area’s road-accessible powder.…

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Shortest day of the year is long on adventure

December 18, 2014
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Jeff Conaway snow biking along Campbell Creek in the Chugach Front Range, Alaska. Joe Stock

Outsiders say, “What is winter like in Alaska with no light?” We actually have plenty of light. Anchorage is more than 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle, where there…

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Undaunted discoveries

November 26, 2014
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Andy Newton gets some speed while Nordic ice skating — using blades that attach to traditional Nordic ski boots — on the Kenai Peninsula. JOE STOCK

No matter the weather, the persistent Alaska adventurer will prevail Cathy Flanagan ice skates on a frozen, lightly snowy lake on the Kenai Peninsula. Joe Stock The Alaska athlete has…

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Rock on: Adventure climbing thrives in southcentral Alaska

September 25, 2014
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Cathy Flanagan rock climbing Womb with a View (5.10a) above the Wosnesenki River, Kenai Mountains. JOE STOCK

By Joe Stock Alaska gets a bad rap for rock climbing. The state’s most popular climbing area – the cliffs along the Seward Highway – was rated in Rock &…

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