Skiing: Former Lt. Gov. proves life is downhill after 80

Like many of us, Lowell Thomas Jr. started skiing as a child, skied hard in his 20s and still skis today. What makes Thomas...

Take a walk on the wild side to University Lake

As southern comedian Jeff Foxworthy might say, “If you build a floating nest in the middle of University Lake, you might be a red-neck…...

Having a ball at summer camp

Summer camp usually brings thoughts of campfires and diving into mountain lakes. But the only diving going on for several hundred basketball and volleyball...

Zach attack

Current and former UAA students won and placed well in the Crow Pass Crossing Saturday, one week after the race was postponed due to...

The un-run

Three friends who know each other from the University of Montana joined 13 other runners on a traverse of Crow Pass when a one-week...

{Outdoor Briefs}

There are several more mountain runs scheduled for the summer. Complete information can be found at www.alaskamountainrunners.org/calendar.htm . Upcoming events include: Matanuska Peak Challenge...

Whittier Rain Fest cancelled

Whittier has changed since the last time I visited. The tunnel is open to passenger vehicles. The Buckner Building is sporting a new coat...

Three-mile marathon

I’m one of “those” people. I make a Fourth of July pilgrimage from Anchorage to Seward to run in the annual Mount Marathon Race....

{Outdoor Briefs}

Do you know how to tell the difference between cow parsnip and devil’s club? Both plants look similar at first glance due to their...

Portage Lake: Million dollar views for a mere $5,000

Portage Lake is the only place in the Southcentral Alaska road and trail network where the average person could possibly paddle within sight of...

Crow Pass Crossing: Silence before the storm

A preview of the sights that race runners will be too busy to enjoy The 22nd Crow Pass Crossing on July 16 pits runners against...

New hockey coach to take over in August

Dave Shyiak, UAA’s newly appointed head hockey coach, will be back in town later this month ready to take the hockey program to the...

UAA athletes finish strong in Pass run

UAA skiers Zach Violett and Nicole DeYong ran well at the new, longer Powerline Pass trail run on June 5. The 13-plus mile race...

{Outdoor Briefs}

The trails have dried out. Snow has receded from most of the common trail corridors in Chugach State Park below 3,000 feet. Unfortunately, the...

Bird Ridge hike offers mountain, inlet vistas

When visitors want a quick hike to experience all the splendors of Alaska, give them the Bird—Bird Ridge that is. Hikers are treated to...

Gentle trail leads to Eagle and Symphony Lakes

Have you ever known two sisters in high school where one is perceived as being just a little prettier or more popular, getting all...

Former UAA skier wins breast cancer run with blazing speed

There can be only one fastest time at a race, but there were many winners on June 11 at the 13th annual Alaska Run...

Alaska men should hit the trail for breasts

I decided to run in the 5-mile Alaska Run for Women on June 11 because I thought it would be a good training run...

Feet don’t fail me now

What was I thinking? I signed up to run the half-marathon in the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon. That’s 13.1 miles. A little less than...

Fun in the scrum

Anyone who has lived in Alaska for a while has seen ravens in the area, but did you know that barbarians are running around...

{Outdoor Briefs}

Outdoor dangers Two risks have cropped up recently in the high country. The first, as you may have heard, is lightning. Although uncommon in southcentral...

Hike the FN trail and find a new friend

Everyone should get out and hike the FN trail this summer and fall. If possible, hike the trail in winter and spring too. This...

No guts, no glory: Near Point and Wolverine Peak

I’ve hiked Wolverine Peak once before and Near Point twice, but I’ve never done the two close peaks on the same day. That day...

Kenai for the kayak guy: Adventures with a K-9

My definition of trust is getting into a kayak with a 52-pound dog and paddling to the middle of a mountain lake. For my...

Compete in the heat

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior distance runner Stacy Edwards and sophomore thrower Jessica Houston have officially made the list of qualifiers for the 2005 NCAA...

{Trail Briefs}

Several early-season hikes in Chugach State Park are snow-free including Eklutna lakeside trail, Twin Peaks trail, Turnagain Arm trail, Bird Ridge trail, Near Point...

Twin Peaks trail offers flowers, views, wildlife

By Rich Stromberg The Northern Light   The Twin Peaks trail at Eklutna Lake is one of several snow-free trails this spring. This early-season conditioning hike is...

Six women leave UAA hoops team unexpectedly

UAA women’s basketball head coach Jody Hensen knew she was losing four seniors following the end of the 2004-2005 season. But Hensen and the...

Rugby experience brings pleasure through pain for local enthusiasts

When I was young I loved playing tackle football. Unfortunately there wasn’t a Pop Warner league where I grew up. To make matters worse,...

Skiwolf gold

In one of the most dominating performances in UAA history, Mandy Kaempf claimed the honor that has eluded her over three years as a...