Archive of: Mountain Echoes



December Issue 2 2012

Fortunately, there are those who venture farther

I discovered quite a while ago that no matter how far I hike in Chugach State Park or other areas, there are those who will venture farther.

December Issue 1 2012

Black Friday madness: Consumer culture gone astray

Driving past Walmart on Thanksgiving eve before the big 8 p.m. “Black Friday” sale, I took note of the long line of brake lights and hordes of eager shoppers. Every year I avoid these sales and the ensuing madness that they inevitably bring.

Advisory Board seeks trails support November Issue 5 2012

Advisory Board seeks trails support

People from Girdwood to Anchorage to Eagle River to Hunter Creek along Knik River live adjacent to one of the largest and most unique state parks in the nation — Chugach State Park — a 495,000-acre recreationists’ paradise of mountains, valleys, lakes and streams and diverse wildlife. But in many locations, access to the park has become problematic and some of its trails are in dire need of maintenance, if not re-routing.

Healthy lifestyle promotes “preventative medicine” November Issue 4 2012

Healthy lifestyle promotes “preventative medicine”

While the government, insurance companies and health-care mega-businesses constantly debate health care issues to protect their separate interests, (note the operative phrase ‘protect their separate interests’) there is a seldom-discussed panacea, albeit not a perfect one, that could go a long way toward reducing health care costs: Preventative medicine.

Dearth of snow extends hiking season November Issue 3 2012

Dearth of snow extends hiking season

The lack of snow during the back half of October going into November has definitely prolonged the hiking season. The situation offers little solace to winter recreationists who are impatiently waiting to ski and snowshoe, or commercial enterprises like Alyeska Ski Resort that count on every day of the ski season. But just the same, it’s truly a unique time of the year to be outdoors.

November Issue 2 2012

Winter’s here: Things are looking up

With winter’s darkened skies, all we have to do is look skyward to behold a celestial extravaganza that includes planets, bright constellations, an upcoming meteor shower, the aurora borealis and a good look at the galaxy in which we live: the Milky Way.

November Issue 1 2012

Seinfeld reaffirms laughter is good medicine

I was a little down during October because surgery to repair an arthritic thumb had prevented me from getting into the hills during most of the month’s gloriously sunny days. But my son David talked me into going to the Seinfeld performance in Anchorage Oct. 25. It turned out to be just about the best Rx anyone could ask for, as we and thousands of others convulsed with laughter, non-stop, for more than an hour.

Griffith: “Every so often, it’s just time to walk” September Issue 4 2012

Griffith: “Every so often, it’s just time to walk”

I hesitate to employ the trite phrase, “when they made Dick Griffith, they threw away the mold.” But it’s true in every respect. In our lifetimes it’s doubtful we’ll ever run across anyone like him.

Extending autumn eases passage into winter September Issue 3 2012

Extending autumn eases passage into winter

I’ve been known to manipulate the annual calendar to create more summer and shorten winter. Here’s an idea to lengthen our autumn season, and while it might be stating the obvious to many folks, perhaps by knowing that someone else does this might encourage others to try it themselves.

Rain, rain, go away September Issue 2 2012

Rain, rain, go away

So, like many folks this past Labor Day, I was getting tired of sitting around the house waiting for the weather to improve. Despite wind and rain, I decided to head out into South Fork Valley for a hike. Looking across Eagle River Valley, I could see that the mountains were obscured in clouds and that it was definitely raining.

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