Outdoor hotline 3/18/13


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)


Mountaineering Club of Alaska General Meeting, 6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Mat Szundy, owner of Glacier Film Productions and Ascending Path LLC, will present on his recent work on dozens of climbing film projects as co-producer, locations manager, stunt man, and stunt coordinator. Come out and see some great photos and a few short climbing films. General announcements will precede the event. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Upper O'Malley Trailhead, Stroganof Drive. 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)


Wilderness First Responder Recertification, 8 a.m. Friday-Sunday, 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)\


Houston Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Houston Fire Department, W. Parks Highway. Avalanche Field Training for those that love to recreate in the snow. Topics include: identifying and assessing avalanche terrain, trip planning and route selection, introduction to use of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes, emergency response. Made possible thanks to the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety. $20 donation suggested. Space is limited, pre-registration is required at www.naoiak.org)

Flying Squirrels in Alaska, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. A Jr. Naturalist Program for grades K-6. Come and learn how and where they live, and whether they really fly. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Earth Hour at the Alaska Zoo, 8-10 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Join the Alaska Zoo & the hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world as they unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history, Earth Hour. Admission is free; a donation to help fund animal conservation education & future capital projects like the new Polar Bear Project is appreciated. Bring a candle and enjoy a presentation on Earth Hour, a candlelit walk through the zoo, and some animal enrichment with the polar bears. (341-6463, www.alaskazoo.org/earth-hour-alaska-zoo)


In Search of the Water Ouzel, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. An all ages program. Naturalist Doris Ivory will introduce the "Water Ouzel" or American Dipper, an amazing bird that spends the winters in and along Alaska's icy streams. A short indoor presentation will be followed by a 1-mile walk exploring along the streambed, conditions permitting. Bring appropriate footwear and snowshoes if you have them. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Free Fire Building Course, 7 p.m. March 27, LTR Training Systems, 5761 Silverado Way. Learn to Return Training Systems is hosting a free fire building course, taught by experienced instructors. The class will instruct/challange students to build fires with minimal gear and all natural materials, students will also be introduced to primitive fire building skills. (563-4463, survivaltraining.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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