Monthly Archives: March 2014

Knik Glacier Biking

We made it to the glacier!  The second attempt was successful.  I believe this is due to better planning and more sunlight.  Also, the conditions in the morning were stellar.

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Erin and I headed out to Palmer on Saturday night to crash at our buddy Logan’s place.  This cut 30 minutes off of our morning drive, which we were stoked on!  7:00am comes early on sunday.

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Logan’s carefully packed summer sausage.

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Erin borrowed our friend Sue’s 9 Zero 7.  Erin in 5’10” and I’m pretty sure this bike is an extra small frame.  She had the seat post maxed out, but cruised the xs frame like a champion.

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Mike boiling some drinking water.  It was awesome to have Mike along this time.  He has been on this ride before and knew exactly where we were heading.

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After about 4 hours of biking on frozen ice and gravel we came upon the terminal moraine of the Knik Glacier.  I was pedaling with my head down the the moraine pretty much snuck up on me.  Boy was I psyched when we reached it though.  Last time we made it about 2 miles shy and I was really excited to play around on the lake.

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Logan up on the Moraine.  Soaking in the glory.

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We cruised out onto the lake to check out the icebergs.  The lake was super slippery.  I think were were all jealous of Mike’s studded tires.  Bike in a straight line and you won’t fall.

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Erin took some of these pictures (like this one!).

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The lake was pretty loud.  Lots of cracking as the day heated up.  It was unnerving and caused me to pause a couple of times.

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Snacks on the lake.

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The summer sausage kept Logan’s moral high throughout the day.  Though at one point he was wishing he had brought more “treats”.

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Logan grabbed a Cliff bar out of his bag only to realize that someone had already started in on it.

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Soaking up the sun.

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We spent about 2 hours on the ice before heading back.  We could have stayed out there for a lot longer.  We only got to check out a small portion of the lake and icebergs.  I am hoping that we can get out there next year for an overnight trip.  Sleep on the moraine maybe…

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Things had softened up on the ride back.  It was way dirtier than the ride in and a bit slower.  Lucky for us there were still sections of ice and snow that had not melted for a good portion of the way back.  These sections broke up the portions of slogging through the wet gravel and mud.

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Beers back at the truck.

This trip is awesome.  Everyone should do it.  It is roughly 50 miles round trip, but mostly flat.  There is another route from the southern side of the Knik river that is substantially shorter.  We didn’t go that way because we thought the main channel of the river might be open.  I for one do not want to break through the ice into the Knik.

Erin and I are headed to Hawaii for out friends wedding and some hiking.  Stay tuned.

 

Superbowl Hiking and more

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I have been slacking with this so called blog of mine…

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On superbowl Sunday Erin, Scamper, and I went for a hike up Wolverine Mountain.  One of the predominate peaks looming over the Anchorage bowl.  It was strange to be hiking on bare tundra and rocks February, but  you take what you can get I suppose.  We had never been up it before.  It’s always nice to get a new view.

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Looking back into the Chugach is always awesome.

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It eventually snowed again and we were able to do some skiing.  Most of the snow was falling down at Turngain, so that’s the direction we found ourselves driving.  Problem was that conditions weren’t super stable so we never were able to get on anything very steep.  All in all some good turns though!

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 Sunburst tracked to hell

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Erin started some sauerkraut and kimchi.  They should be ready here any day and I am stoked to grill up some sausages  go with the sauerkraut!

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We rented some fat bikes one weekend with the ambitious plan of biking from the Butte to the Knik glacier and back in a day (roughly 50 miles).  Do to a late start we made it 2 miles shy of the glacial lake before we decided we better turn around in order to not bike back in the dark.  We had brilliant weather and a great time.  It was mine and erin’s first time on a fatbike, and I for one was hooked.

 

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Our friends ended up with a truck in the river.

 

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Due to the melting weather and generally sad winter I broke down and bought a fat tire bike.  If you are able to look past the princess’s stare-down you can see it there in the back.  I’m pretty psyched on the purchase.  I have been commuting to work on it and riding it on the single track and multi-use trails close to the house.  It is a blast!  I plan to commute on it year round when I am not out on field work.

 

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Scamp and I have been going on lots of after work bike rides.  Exploring new trails each day.  There is snow single track in anchorage that only exists in the winter.  On this ride we found this cool lake where scamp decided rolling around in the snow would col her off.  As a side note, the middle peak there in the background is Wolverine.

 

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We did some overflow biking on the beach

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Over this past weekend Erin and I met up with a couple of friends in Talkeetna to participate in a fat tire bike race.  The options were 20, 40, or 60 miles.  We all opted for the 20 mile, having never raced in snow.  We biked along the bluffs of the river.  It was super fun and I hope to do it again next year.  What made it super cool was that Erin won the woman’s 20 mile!  Feel free to refer to her as “Champ” from now on,  that’s what i have been doing.  And for those of you not familiar with Alaska, that is Denali in the background.

 

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The champ basking in her glory

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Post race river chillin

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Our friends Ed and Erin brought out there 3.1 meter training kite.  I had never flown a kite and had a blast playing around with it.

 

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Ed working the wind

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Erin and I swung through Hatcher Pass for a little skiing on the way home from Talkeetna.

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I hope to be better about posting pictures every week.  That was my goal at the beginning of the year.  I’ll try to get in the practice of that, cause when I actually get down to it it doesn’t take that long. I hope that everyone is getting outside and having fun!