11/23/2017 – Thanksgiving Epic

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Cicero

E. Marquez will lead "Thanksgiving Epic " with an estimated duration of 2 hours.

Meet at 9 a.m. (note earlier time than usual) at the Hillside trailhead off Abbott road.  We will complete a Thanksgiving loop on the hillside trails.

East Anchorage

11/16/2017 – You Are Not Forgotten

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness, that is life." -Jean-Luc Picard

Lee Helzer will lead "You Are Not Forgotten" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Jesse and Eliseo will lead on my behalf.

Meet at 6:15pm in the parking area at the start of Eklutna Lake road.  Due to limited space we will carpool to a 3 car gravel pullout at about mile 4.5 on Eklutna Lake Road by electric pole 74.  We will then hike up the road to electric pole 85 where we will depart the road and head up to the monument, pay homage, and return.  Micro-spikes recommended.    Please allow extra time for traffic delays.

See 11/12/2015 – We Remember11/20/2014 – You Are Not Forgotten or 11/14/2013 – You Are Not Forgotten for additional info.

United States POW-MIA flag

United States POW-MIA flag

Post Report

In what has become something of a Veteran’s Day Epic tradition, three mortal souls disappeared into the forests off of Eklutna road on a cold, snowy Thursday night.  We slipped and slid our way up brushy slopes, through alder filled ravines, and icy crags to emerge winded and sweating on the summit ridge.  A disorienting ice fog briefly confused our route as we plunged through thigh deep snow drifts in the narrow valley of the shadows below the true summit.  Finally we emerge into inky, cloudless darkness, the brilliance of the heavens guiding us to our destination.  As we peer down into the shining city 4,314 feet below our feet, each of us, alone on this mountain, reflects on those who have gone before, those still alone in some dark jungle, empty desert, or eternal sea.  A flag, missing from its makeshift monument, seems a fitting tribute at this moment…YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN…


11/09/2017 – Potter Overlook

"Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life." Adele Brookman

E. Marquez will lead "Potter Overlook" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at the Seward Highway weigh station just south of Potter Marsh at 6:30.   We will run to mile 2 of the Turnagain Arm trail where we will bushwhack to the top of the ridge. At the turnaround point we will head straight down to the trail and return.

Turnagain Arm

11/02/2017 – Williwaw

"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Williwaw" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at Glen Alps at 6:30 p.m. We will proceed up the middle fork trail to Williwaw lakes.  We will then climb a ridge to reach the ballfield and return via Nintendo hill.

The Chugach Front Range

10/26/2017 – The Long Road to Recovery

"Fuck it, Let's GO!" ~Alan Rogers

Lee Helzer will lead "The Long Road to Recovery" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

At 6:30 we will depart from Upper O’Malley trailhead by Shebanof Ave. and Stroganof Dr.

This will be my first Epic back and longest hike to date after my knee injury.  The first half of the Epic will be a slow and cautious walk up the Gasline trail linking to the Powerline trail via the Hemlock Knob trail.  Once we reach the Glen Alps cut off, I will depart as my knee currently only allows for uphill travel.

Those remaining will step up the pace and jog the Middle Fork trail to a weather/participant dependent creek crossing and exciting bushwhack back to the Rim trail.  A series of trails will link runners back to the Upper O’Malley trailhead.

The Chugach Front Range