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.


  1. I pasted these scans into a single document for easily saving to a .pdf if anyone is interested. Thanks for sharing the article, Roman. It's crazy for me to think back to 1985 as a kid in elementary school when the wildest adventures I'd go on were little day hikes into the state parks of Northern Minnesota.

  2. Thanks Sam.

    Back in 1982 I was just a kid, too, albeit a big one. Come to think of it, I might just still be a big kid.

  3. Good attitude, Roman. May we all be forever young and little pieces of our backyards forever hold some new place to explore.


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