Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Arrigetch Creeking" -- 25 years of Packrafting in the Brooks Range

On Thursday night I'm going to present on 25 years of packrafting in the Brooks Range, starting with Peggy's and my Gates of the Arctic leg of a 1000 mile traverse from Kaktovik to Kotzebue in 1986 and finishing with the "Freezing Man Packraft Festival" in the Alatna-Arrigetch in 2012.

It's with the Knik Canoers and Kayakers: 7 PM Thursday March 27 at the Loussac Library here in Anchorage.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wilderness Classic at Eagle River Visitor's Center

Dick Griffith, the oldest competitor and arguably the founder of Wilderness Racing and packrafting, and John Lapkass, who's completed and entered more Wilderness Classics than anyone else, and I will be telling stories and showing old photos tomorrow, Sunday March 23.

Getting ready for that led me to this 1985 Outside Magazine old story about the third Hope to Homer Race in 1984. Most of the pictures in it I took the year before (1983) when Jim Lokken and I raced together across the Harding Icefield with nordic racing skis and then crammed ourselves in one Sherpa Packraft to float down the Fox River.

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