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Outdoor hotline 3/12/13

TUESDAY

Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Rd. Hilltop is now offering an Alpine Race program. This is a competitive ski team that will be racing in the Youth Ski League against other youth ski teams from the Anchorage area. This program is for children ages 7-13, who are intermediate to advanced skiers. Program includes: professional coaching by experienced racers, pre-season dryland training, running gates, video analysis of students skiing, 3-hour pratices twice a week. Races are held on Saturdays. Program includes a Hilltop season pass. 1250. ((907) 346-1446, www.hilltopskiarea.org)

WEDNESDAY

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. Volunteers of any skill level are welcome. (www.offthechainak.org)

Thursday

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Turnagain Arm McHugh Trailhead, Seward Highway. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Climbing 201; Intermediate Climbing Class, 7-9 p.m., Alaska Rock Gym, 4840 Fairbanks St. Learn advanced climbing techniques and improve strength and conditioning. For advanced beginner and intermediate climbers. This weekly class allows participants to work on footwork, movement technique and strength conditioning. Participants must have a current belay certification from the Alaska Rock Gym and be comfortable climbing 5.9+ and above. $5 per class plus regular entry into the gym. (562-7265, www.alaskarockgym.com)

FRIDAY

Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Race down the sledding hill in your own sled made from cardboard, duct tape and white glue. Winners are the sleds that go the farthest distance. Divisions are ages 8-12, 13-17, 18+ and families. Preregister and pay $5 per sled, $10 per sled day of event. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

SATURDAY

SCCA RallyCross Phoenix Rises & Fury of the Phoenix, 9 a.m., Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Highway. The Arctic Alaska Region of the Sports Car Club of America, will be sanctioning the Phoenix Spring RallyCross Series at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. This is open to the public for entry. All competitors who register by noon Fridays online close of registration will receive an SCCA RallyCross decal for their vehicle. $55-$65. (355-5331, alaskascca.motorsportreg.com; www.facebook.com/SCCARallyCrossAK)

Middle Fork Frolic Hike, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. An 8.8-mile roundtrip hike on the Middle Fork Loop trail, from Prospect Heights trailhead in Anchorage. 1600-foot elevation gain. Hikers should be in good shape. Bring lunch/snacks, water, wind/snow clothing and warm layers; snowshoes &/or ice cleats may be needed. Limited to first 12 people, at least 18 years old, who call to register. $5 parking fee. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Try Winter Camping, 1 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Join Deb Ajango, outdoor expert and safety educator, on an overnight tent-camping stay at Rapids Camp or Echo Bend. Must provide own equipment and attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Limited to the first 10 people, ages 18 and up, who call to register and pay a $10 refundable fee. $10 overnight parking fee. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Meet a Great Horned Owl, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Have you ever looked an owl right in the eyes? Or wondered how far an owl can actually turn its head? Here's your chance to meet Archimedes the great horned owl, a live education bird, and learn facts and stories about this amazing hunter of the night. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Ruth Arcand Park, 3900 Abbott Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

COMING up

Wilderness First Responder Recertification, 8 a.m. March 22-24, Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna Spur Road. Sponsored by Alaska Wild Med and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. A three-day scenario-based course to review and practice evacuation and decision making guidelines. Adult/Child CPR. $ 295. Register online. (alaskawildmed.blogspot.com)

Boating Skills and Seamanship course, 6:30-9:30 p.m., April 9, UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center, Eagle River. This 13 lesson course for recreational boaters is offered by Flotilla 3-3, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Classes will run Tuesday and Thursday nights through May 2. Subjects covered include small boat handling, trailering, legal requirements, marine radio procedures, navigation rules, piloting, weather considerations and knots. Register and pay in advance online. Email questions to melkal@gci.net. $60. (694-3570, www.active.com/sailing-class/eagle-river-ak/boating-skills-and-seamanship-course-2013)

AK Skimeister Challenge 2013, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13, Alyeska Resort. This event is a fundraiser for Challenge Alaska Competition Program & Alyeska Ski Club Juniors and Devos programs. Both are non-profit organizations dedicated to providing affordable skiing and riding opportunities to youth and people with disabilities. A timed Alpine leg will take place in the morning at Alyeska Resort and a Nordic leg for Junior 3k & Adult 7k will occur in the afternoon. $30-$90. (83-2925, www.alyeskaskiclub.com; www.challengealaska.org)

Registration open for Denali Park field seminars, Active learning experiences in the heart of the park this summer. Multi-day seminars led by expert instructors include topics in wildlife, botany, geology, painting and more. Courses based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center field camp located along the Teklanika River. Lodging, meals and instruction included in the $330-$440 course fee. Call or go online to register. (www.alaskageographic.org, 907-683-6432)

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Interested in volunteering at Glen Alps?

Chugach State Park is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and love of the park at the Glen Alps access.

The goal of the Volunteer Interpretive Pilot Program is to identify experienced local park users who are interested in offering their time and knowledge during the 2013 spring-to-fall visitor season; to train them so that they can serve as effective interpreters; and to use these volunteers to establish a basic educational and interpretive program so that visitors to the Glen Alps trailhead have access to park and tourist information that currently is not readily available.

Volunteers need to be comfortable talking to small and large groups. They will be expected to provide information about Chugach State Park's history, its flora, its fauna, and about other visitor attractions in and around the Anchorage area. Volunteers will be encouraged to share personal stories when providing these talks, but they also will need to become familiar with information provided by park personnel.

Volunteers will be asked to commit to offering two one-to-two hour talks per month. The pilot program will begin in May and will run through September. Volunteer applications are due by March 31 and can be found online at dnr.alaska.gov/parks/vip/othervolopportunities.htm.

A detailed description of the program, including qualifications and pre-requisites of applicants, selection and orientation dates, and the summer schedule can also be found on the website.