I invented new outdoor winter sports… (I think)

Dating back to my earliest years in Alaska in the 1950s, I believe I innovated a few novel outdoor sports, some of which were later modified and popularized by others. Unfortunately, I never developed or patented any of these sports, nor do I have proof of any kind that I invented them.

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Through Thick and Thin, First Ride on Fat-Tire Bike is Amply Rewarding

I thought there was a slim chance I’d like fat-tire biking. But that first time out, with an extremely patient person, was a rewarding experience.

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Winter Sunset on Harp Mountain is Mesmerizing

Aside from seeking some exercise, Pete Panarese and I had only one good reason to tromp up Harp Mountain: It was simply to enjoy sunlight for a few hours.

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Chugiak’s Jeff Worrell Is Among Alaska’s Dedicated “Aurora Chasers”

Veteran aurora borealis chasers like Chugiak’s Jeff Worrell will be first to tell you that while knowledge of the best aurora viewing locations and good equipment are essential in capturing excellent photographs, patience and persistence might be even more important.

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Alaskans Seem To Be Obsessed With Weather – And Rightfully So

About one-fourth of our local news broadcasts are devoted to weather, it seems. And admit it, here in Southcentral Alaska we identify our chief weather celebrity by her first name:

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Alaska’s history preserved through UAF’s Oral History/Project Jukebox programs

Even though Alaska is a relatively young state, it has a fascinating history and rich cultural heritage that reaches back to long before statehood. That history is stored in the

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In Winter, We Search For Light

In winter we are on a constant search for light. We wait for the sun to cast its mid-morning glow on the distant mountains, illuminating clouds that huddle around their

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Living In Alaska, There Are Always Reasons To Be Thankful

A connected world: Through the internet, iPhones, social networks, 24–hour cable news, humans are more connected than ever and constantly reminded of the world’s catastrophes. It sometimes makes it hard

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Early Winter Hikes: Grab ‘em When You Can

There is a transition period before full-­‐on winter, for which I’ve coined an acronym—BSS.  Don’t be alarmed. It means Before Skis and Snowshoes.  This is the period after the first

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Landscapes Change With The Seasons, And So Do We

One day we’re hiking into Hanging Valley-­‐-­‐ a side valley accessed from the South Fork Valley trail—in a landscape of browns and yellows and reds, the colors of autumn. Overnight,

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