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Backcountry boom

February 5, 2015
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
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
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 The Alaska athlete has a garage full of toys. Bikes, skis, running shoes, boats … all of these items help…

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Rock on: Adventure climbing thrives in southcentral Alaska

September 25, 2014
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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Fast forward with fast hiking technique

July 16, 2014
Trond Jensen mountain trail running on a tundra ridge while running the 12 highest summits in the Chugach Front Mountains in 1 day, near Anchorage, summer in southcentral Alaska. MR

Take on big chunks of terrain with this adventurous hiking style There is a term out there for the things my friends and I do on a relatively frequent basis…

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Deadly deception

February 12, 2014
Avalanche danger is not just a threat to those seeking out big adventure, such as climbing Denali. Danger can be as close as well-traveled ski slopes or even the snow on your roof. By Andy Hall

Avalanche danger a risk not worth taking   By the time you read this, snow will almost certainly have killed someone in Alaska. It happens every year. In the winter…

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