Heart 'n Lunger's are weekly Tuesday exercise - Coyote Ridge (Bear Valley area)

  • June 3, 2008 · 6:00 PM
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Heart 'n Lungers by my definition of the hike series I started in the summer of '07 . . . gain 1500' elevation or more on a Tuesday evening.
Everyone is welcome to come along. If you are strong and fast --- go for it. If you are at the other end of the pack, that is OK too. These will often times be set up as "out-and-back" so you can go as far and at whatever pace you choose.
Come along at your own pace --- the places will be beautiful, the people will be fun and no one will think any more or less of you for how far, fast, slow, or however else you go. I encourage EVERYONE to join us --- but please
be on time for the start or be flexible enough to let those who are on time take off and you start whenever you get there. We will wait until 10 minutes after the posted start time before departing the parking lot/ trailhead. WHAT: Hike up Coyote Ridge (another of Doug's local names for another wise unnamed feature). Plan to walk back down a tundra slope
OR slide down over 1000' of snow slope off to the side of where we walk up. If you plan to slide - glissade - down, bring ski poles &/or an ice axe and rain pants. This is not a real steep snow gully so it is a very good place to learn how to glissade.
WHEN: I like
6 PM starts -- we can take advantage of the most evening daylight. If someone else wants to be an "initiator" for a 6:30 start here or for any Heart 'n Lunger -- that would work out real well to have both earlier and later start times. I know there are just some times you want to join us but just cannot make a 6 PM start. We can be out from about 2 - 4 hours (you can choose how long &/or far/high you want to go).
WHERE: Meet at Stork Park. Do not go into the actual parking lot or we will get lost among the baseball and soccer families and cars. Drive a few yards past the parking lot entrance, turn around and park on the opposite side of the raod where there is a wide pull-out. We will be hiking from Brewsters Road but there is limited parking up there so I want to regroup into a lesser number of cars to go up there, please.
BRING: -- Ski/ trekking poles (optional but strongly suggested for this and ALL Heart 'n Lungers) -- All the usual layered clothing and wind shell.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR COTTON - NO JEANS -- Camera (if weather cooperates there could be great photo opps) -- Water and a snack -- Assorted hats, gloves, sunglasses -- Bug juice/ mosquito repellant -- Bear spray --
NO FIRE ARMS ARE ALLOWED ON ANY ADVENTURERS MEETUP ACTIVITIES -- Ice axe (optional); if you need to learn to use it, bring it along and watch others -- Rain pants (to keep you somewhat dryer if/ when you slide down snowfields; interntionally or not) -- Spare shoes and large plastic garbage bag. Leave these in the car so you have clean dry shoes and a place for the wet muddy ones.
DOGS: Of course; but, bring a leash in case we need animal control at any time. CARPOOLING: YES, from Stork Park If you need a ride to Stork Park be sure to note that in your RSVP along with a cell # so someone can offer to help you with that ride.
POST EVENT: Mooses Tooth is always an option or since we will be in south Anchorage, Gallos near Old Seward and Dimond, is a sometimes Adventurers "post event" refueling location.
CONTACT PERSON/ Cell #/ e-mail: Doug Van Etten / [masked] / vanetten @ alaska.net
START TIMES:
I suggest that someone else plan to assemble a second wave of hike starters at 6:30 PM. That way you can come when you know you can get there and know there will be others you can start the hike with. Please note in your RSVP what time you plan to start: 6 PM? 6:30 PM? or . . . ???

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  • Gerry K.

    This was one of those hikes that remind me why I carry extra gear in the daypack...like storm jacket, storm pants, cap, gloves.... At the very windy ridgetop I was wearing all that I had brought along, and wished I hadn't left a few other items behind. After the hiking & dining was over, I found a couple extra trek poles in the back of my SUV....maybe belonging to Jennifer, Ted, or Susanne??? They are red in color and Black Diamond brand.

    June 4, 2008

  • Jennifer D.

    Glad I didn't let the windy weather keep me away from this nice hike. Liked the route I picked to ascend, vs. the bushwacking most others did. Fun glissade down.

    June 4, 2008

  • Jo

    My first excursion up Bear Valley. The views are amazing and the hike is a good one. Despite the warnings on the posting, I wasn't prepared for the bitter wind, so didn't make it to the top. BRRR!! Looking forward to the next hike here - with more and warmer clothes on!

    June 4, 2008

  • Ed

    BRRRRRRR....that was a chill wind!

    June 4, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had never been on this hike before and it was a beautiful route. It was windy and my rear end got numb after glissading down the chute. It was great to see some familiar faces. I thought I was catching up with the main crowd, but ,oh well, maybe next time.

    June 4, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    We needed a little more wind and a tad more tree bashing to make it perfect. A new route for me. Fresh bear tracks in a snowfield at the top serves to remind me that the bruins are out even if I can't imagine what they are looking for up there.

    June 4, 2008

  • Doug Van E.

    Wind, bushwhacking, beautiful sky, interesting people/ conversations and over 1000' of perfect angle and perfect snow texture glissading!!!!! All that followed by Mooses Tooth --- who could ask for more? Is there a reason I have chosen to take up a heap of my time running for the State Senate rather than spending more time outdoors with this group? Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

    June 4, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow what great views. Slightly windy, not bad for Bear Valley.

    June 3, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    View from BV was great, but it was a bit windy.

    June 3, 2008

  • Ted A.

    Great hike, windy, but great.

    June 3, 2008

  • Sylvia M.

    I will be flying back from the Priblofs.

    June 2, 2008

  • Jim

    Sounds like Amy needs to quit her job and find one that lets her get out!

    June 1, 2008

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