Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1990 Race Article

This article is another Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic gem, plucked straight from the annals of history.  Enjoy. 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Guidebook and Alaska eBooks Website

I recently finished writing the first guidebook in a series that focuses on hiking and climbing in the Western Chugach Mountains.  The first book focuses on the Eklutna Lake area near Anchorage and includes eleven routes on seven peaks.  The guide is available exclusively as a downloadable ebook in PDF format.

You can check out my publishing website here at  Visit the site often because I'll be listing ebooks from other authors soon also. 

If you have any questions about the book, ebooks in general or potential publishing, feel free to email me.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Winter Wilderness Classic

The 23rd Annual Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic starts in just a few weeks but you might still have time to sign up if you want to compete.  Contact Dave Cramer who is the event coordinator at  You can get an application and find out more about the race at this link. 

The race this year is from Galbraith to Anaktuvuk to Wiseman.

Friday, March 12, 2010

More pictures from 2004

I found a few more pictures from the start of the 2004, Eureka to Talkeetna.  These were taken just a few minutes before the racers took off from a gravel pit near the Eureka Lodge.  I've labeled the people I recognize.  My apologies to those I haven't labeled.

Thai Verzone - in purple, facing the camera.  Roman Dial - head visible just over the shoulder of the guy in gray.  Ben Summit - in blue, second from the right.  Dave Looney - far right.

 Ben Summit - on the left in blue.  Dave Looney - gray shirt and yellow hat.  Hans Neidig - wearing black behind the racer in the yellow jacket.  Chris Robertson - blue shirt, just right of the yellow jacketed racer.  Jeff Bannish - red shirt, center of picture.  Rob Kehrer - blue shirt, just right of Jeff.  Jim McDonough - in black clothes and blue hat.  Butch Allen - blue vest, holding papers in left hand.  John Lapkass - wearing black pack, facing away from the camera. 

 Roman Dial giving the racers final instructions and guidelines just before the race start.  Roman is on the left wearing black with orange bike helmet. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

1988 Magazine Article

1988 was the year of legends for the Classic.  Chuck Comstock flew off a cliff with his parapente, the race was held for the first time at the favorite Nabesna to McCarthy venue and strategy played a key role for the winner.  This article for Ultrarunning magazine details all of it. Enjoy!