Saturday, June 30, 2007
Posted by Ed Plumb at 11:39 PM
Mark and I hiked up to a ridge high above the park road to check out the view
Posted by Ed Plumb at 11:01 AM
Saturday, June 23, 2007
No bucking broncos in AK--only spawning salmon trying to shake lose small children
Some dancers shaking handles of love on 1st Avenue in downtown Fairbanks
Posted by Ed Plumb at 12:30 AM
Friday, June 15, 2007
Early morning cumulus clouds reflect in the window of the truck
There were splashes of color from numerous wildflowers all along the road.
This is a hovercraft our observers run up and down the 40-mile river.
I intensely try out my prospecting skills.
Posted by Ed Plumb at 5:46 PM
Sunday, June 10, 2007
It seems like when you live somewhere for a while its easy to sort of forget about some of the cool places right in your own backyard. This was the case today when I went out to the Granite Tors trail today to run the 15-mile loop with my friend Martin. I hadn't been there for several years and I forgot how beautiful the landscape is along the trail. The granite rocks jutting up out of the tundra are very mysterious and take on a different look from every angle. The alpine wildflowers were also in full bloom and in several places we were running through a carpet of white and pink. Nice!Its about a 2000 foot climb up to the tundra where the running gets really nice and the views are endless. We got to the ridge just as a thunderstorm was departing to the southwest.
Posted by Ed Plumb at 9:49 PM
Friday, June 8, 2007
A couple of Ned's pics made it into the Outdoors section. A lot of the other guys were going super ultralight and didn't carry a camera or even have much time to stop and soak up the scenery.
Posted by Ed Plumb at 10:47 PM
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The Kobuk Sandunes overtake the boreal forest in northwest Alaska. The dunes lie 40 miles north of Arctic Circle and are part of the largest active sand dunes in the Arctic.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Well I survived the adventure race from Chena to Circle Hot Springs with no major injuries or dibachles. I did get some excruciatingly painful blisters but no long term or permament ailments. Ned, Andy and I covered about 45 miles on land and 45 miles on water in 46 hours. This was not even close to the winning time but we didnt go into to this with the intention to rush from point A to point B. We kept a steady and continuous pace but still had time to soak up the scenery and the serenity of the wilderness along the way.
10 am Saturday:
Here is Ned and Andy leaving Chena Hot Springs. We walked down the road about a mile to the North Fork of the Chena River and then veered north to follow the Yukon Quest sled dog trail for the first portion of our trek.
2 pm Saturday:
Another advantage to this route was the abundance of H2O. We pounded a liter at every creek crossing and then refilled and dropped some iodine and repeated this process many times. My pee was actually completely clear. The guys that stuck to the ridges had to drink sparingly and conserve liquid along the way.
The wildflowers were in full bloom and the birds greeted us with lovely songs.
8 pm Saturday:
The ridge walking was a nice relief from the boggy lowlands but it wasnt too long before we descended enough to encounter trees again and one of the most annoying and obnoxious vegetative features in Alaska--> tussocks!
Its difficult to explain how frustrating it is to walk on tussocks--it totally sucks! They are mounds of sedges/grasses that wobble around if you step on the crown of them and then what lurks in between are deep wet trenches that suck your shoes off. So there is basically nowhere to place your feet. Walking at a reasonable pace is physically impossible. This is a pic of some mild tussocks but is not really representative. And of course where there are tussocks...there are hoards of mosquitoes to keep you company.
We spent about an hour transitioning over to to travel by water.
Andy outfitted his boat with a powder blue hippo seat--her head was also a good back rest
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