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Outdoor hotline 4/1/2013

Denali Park road now open

Denali National Park and Preserve has opened the park road beyond park headquarters. Park visitors are now able to drive as far as the Mountain Vista Trailhead, a rest area east of the Savage River Campground, weather permitting. There is still good snow coverage for mushing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, coupled with milder temperatures and long days. Vault toilets at the Mountain Vista Trailhead are open for use. Picnic tables and other rest area amenities may still be under snow. Other facilities west of park headquarters, including the Savage River Campground, remain closed until later this spring. Visitors should expect to encounter snow and ice on shaded sections of the park road until overnight temperatures remain above freezing. Motorists are also advised to be alert for National Park Service personnel steaming culverts along the side of the road, and for heavy equipment being used in the road opening operations.

The Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is open, and camping is free until May 15. A vault toilet is provided in the loop that remains open year-round, and campers can obtain water at the Murie Science and Learning Center. Water and sewer services will not be available until mid to late May. The Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.3 is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for visitor information and backcountry permits. Denali National Park and Preserve collects an entrance fee year-round of $10 per person, good for seven days. (, 683-953)


Valley Women's Running Team, 6 p.m., Palmer High School, 1170 W. Arctic Ave. The Valley Women's Running Team invites women interested in running to attend sessions every Tuesday at 6 p.m., through Aug. 13. Track locations will vary. $125 for the entire season. (


Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. We welcome volunteers of any skill level. Off the Chain is a 100% volunteer-run organization -- we depend on the generous efforts of volunteers. (


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Jodhpur Entrance, Jodhpur St. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440,

Singletrack Advocates Film and Music Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Taproot, 3300 Spenard Road. Singletrack Advocates presents a film and music festival to benefit trail projects. "Life Cycles" and "Strength in Numbers" are the feature films. Music by Midtown Revival, Super Belfrey String Collective, Firefly, The Alaska Gypsies, and Milo Matthews. A live and silent auction includes 2 Fatback snow bike frames with forks, a Giant XTC 29er, 6 nights at The Star Lookout on Maui, 2-day Alyeska freeriding lift pass and 1 night stay at the Hotel Alyeska, plus many more items. $15 advance purchase; $20 at the door. (,

Climbing 201 Intermediate Climbing Class, 7-9 p.m., Alaska Rock Gym, 4840 Fairbanks St. Learn advanced climbing techniques and improve strength and conditioning in this class for advanced beginner and intermediate climbers. This weekly class allows participants to work on footwork, movement technique and strength conditioning for climbing in a fun and challenging environment. 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,


Fury of the Phoenix RallyCross, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Hwy. The SCCA is sanctioning this open event to all levels of drivers. You don't have to have a rally-prepared vehicle. Many use their personal vehicles. Online registration must be made prior to noon Friday. After that, you will need to call the Region at 243-2122 to register or arrive track side during open registration. $55-$65, (355-5331,

Alaska's Wood Frog, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. An all ages program. Join Marian Snively from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to learn more about frogs and how citizens can help monitor frog populations in Southcentral Alaska. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108,


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Smoke Jumper Trailhead, BLM Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440,

coming up

Boating Skills & 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. $60. (694-3570,

AK Skimeister Challenge, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13, Alyeska Resort. A fundraiser for Challenge Alaska Competition Program and 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, a Nordic leg and a Bike race on nordic trails will make up this event. (783-2925,

Sustainable Trails 101, 4-9 p.m., April 19, BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Alaska Trails will teach its introductory course on sustainable trail building in Alaska. Come and see what it takes to make the great trails that you have been using all these years. This class will emphasize sustainable design elements, trail planning, and management concepts for all trail enthusiasts. $5. Call or email to register. $50. (334-8049,;

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