Iditasport insanity

January 20, 2014
Joe Pollock takes a breather at the foot of Mount Susitna. Janice Tower

Yearly ultrarace challenges even the toughest of athletes Every year about this time I experience a nearly overwhelming compulsion, a compelling urge to head over the Alaska Range under my…

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Camping – not

January 20, 2014
The Cricket Pop-up Trailer is the newest excuse for camping, and the latest example of Americans gone soft. crickettrailer.com

REI’s latest craze a sad statement on American recreationalists SEATTLE – The star holiday attraction of 2103 at the REI mothership here was a pop-up travel trailer. Little could say…

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IditaSport return fills void in winter ultra-racing

January 20, 2014
Billy Koitzsch, always one for fashion, sports a multi-colored snow suit and red-dyed hair for the 1996 IditaSport. Courtesy Billy Koitzsch

Some of Billy Koitzsch’s best memories are tied to the IditaSport racing scene. As a teenager in the early ’90s, he rigged fat-wheeled mountain bikes before the popular fat bikes…

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New year, new dreams

January 15, 2014
The dogs take a break beyond Sheep Mountain during a New Year?s run in the backcountry. Make this the year you explore some place new in Alaska. Melissa Devaughn

Kick off 2014 with a new discovery The temperature hovered around 10-below 0, but the sun was out, making it feel warmer. The dogs and I traveled miles beyond Sheep…

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Olympian dreams

January 15, 2014
The slopes are open and the snow is piling high at Alyeska, which kicks off its seven-week Town League Race Series this month. Courtesy Alyeska Resort

Town League Race Series lets locals compete on the slopes The lifts at Alyeska Resort have been spinning as skiers and riders hit the slopes. As the season progresses, more…

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