Monday, October 15, 2018
My favorite boots are the Zamberlain Vioz. They come in men's and women's and I have tried both. I have a narrow to average heel, but need more room in the toe box. I find these boots have enough room in the toe box but fit well in the heel. I also find I need a waterproof boot in Alaska and have used these boots in all seasons including winter for years. They have never let me down.
What I like about them:
-waterproof with a gortex liner
-good support without being too stiff or heavy
-no break-in needed right out of the box and no blisters
-all leather construction for better wear
INSOLES are also an importance piece of equipment to have in your outdoor equipment arsenal. They can breathe new life into an old pair of boots.
I have tried many types of insoles over the years, and have found Superfeet to be the best. I like the orange (men's) or berry (women's) Superfeet the best because they have some cushioning and a good heel cup which holds my heel in place.
Of course it never hurts to have some Moleskin along on a hike. You never know...
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Friday, October 5, 2018
Instead of carrying a heavy backpack into the backcountry, some people are bringing along a llama for their adventures."I’ve seen a growing trend in the past year: Hikers and backcountry campers using llamas to help carry supplies and to add some four-legged company to a trip through the southwestern Colorado wilderness or the high elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park.
I always turned into a conversation starter. People would tell me how they’ve done difficult hikes in the past, and the llamas made it much easier. Others talked about the enjoyment of having the animals with them on their adventure." by Will Swope, 9News.com, Denver, CO.
Follow this link to read the rest of the story: Hiking with a llama: Is this the next big thing for Colorado adventures? (9News.com, Denver, CO)
Sunday, September 30, 2018
To get there, take the trail to Eagle and Symphony Lakes from the South Fork trailhead parking lot. Specific directions for the trailhead and hike to Eagle and Symphony Lakes can be found in either book (available at Amazon through the links below.)
Proceed to the west side of Symphony Lake where there are several camping spots if you decide to camp here for the night. Once on the southwest side of Symphony Lake, look to the mountains directly west for a broad mostly tundra slope with a saddle at the top. After a 1600 foot climb you will reach the saddle where you can see the North Fork of Ship Creek. At this point you can either drop about halfway down to Ship Creek to find an old horse trail. Follow the horse/animal trail to Rendezvous Pass where you will climb over into the South Fork. Once over the pass, the trail will take you back to the parking lot.
The other option is to turn northwest to follow the ridge(s) and eventually drop down into the South Fork Valley. Depending on where you drop from the ridge, you should eventually intersect with the trail to the South Fork trailhead parking lot where you started. This is a hike for clear weather as you will need to have good visibility to see the route on the ridges. There are a number of ways to go. You will need to be adept at route finding and navigation as there are no trails on the ridge. The horse trail below is badly overgrown in areas and very difficult to follow. Happy Trails!
More photos at Alaska Llamas Facebook Post - Symphony-Ship Creek Loop
Thursday, September 20, 2018
To All Hikers and Hunters in Ship Creek Valley:
New bear caution sign posted at South Fork Eagle River trailhead directed at Ship Creek Valley, which is one valley to the south on the other side of Rendezvous Ridge.
Facebook link to specific location of moose kill
Thursday, August 23, 2018
|Walrus Lake (Uppermost Williwaw Lake)|
|Saddle SE of Near Pt.|
The Loop/Traverse to Long Lake
From the pass above Walrus Lake (upper most Williwaw Lake) you can opt for a longer (possibly two day trip) to Long Lake and the valley of the North Fork of Campbell Creek. By the way "Williwaw" means “very windy” so be prepared for high winds, and secure your tent well (if camping.) The weather can change quickly and drastically at these elevations. I have also encountered very windy, wet and wintery conditions while camping around Long Lake in late summer. It is best to do this traverse June through August if you want to avoid adverse weather.
|Climbing from Long Lake (below) to the pass above Walrus Lake.|
*When I do the traverse, I prefer to take the trail to Near Point and proceed over the saddle/notch into the North Fork Valley of Campbell Creek and camp at Long Lake. The next day, we climb the pass and descend into the Williwaw Lakes hiking out mostly downhill to the Prospect Heights parking lot. The photo above (left) shows us heading down from this saddle into the North Fork of Campbell Creek.
|Hiking along Williwaw Lakes on trail through alpine valley.|
Click here to download a map of Chugach State Park, Chugach State Park Map - Alaska DNR