Chugach Forest Plan Revision – Our Comments

Matt Kinney & Tabitha Gregory Box 1540, Valdez, AK 99686 info@thompsonpass.com July 31, 2013 U.S. Forest Service Chugach National Forest RE: COMMENTS REGARDING CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST PLAN REVISION We support the current process to revise the Chugach National Forest Plan (CNF). Our primary concern is CNF lands south of Valdez and Thompson Pass/Marshall Pass. Since the last revision, unanticipated changes […]

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My Surf Story

                  When I began Googling surfing earlier this year, there wasn’t much information available using the search terms “my age” and “surf lessons”, thus I had serious concerns about the wisdom of pursuing it.  Frankly, why punish myself?  But as with most of life’s adventures in learning, timing is everything.  This visit to the Hawaiian Islands would follow my ski […]

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Ways to Town Mountain

Town Mountain has a colorful history. The steep narrow ridge that dances to the summit from the green water tank has always enticed trouble. It’s not a mountain to be taken lightly. The Town Mountain Traverse, the recently popular skin trail that strikes up from town to the east through the lower cliff band and across Crooked Creek is steep […]

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Three Strikes, You’re Out.

Last season’s fatalities of backcountry ski blogger Steve Romero and his partner Steve Onufer in Teton National Park were two more in a disturbing trend of avalanche fatalities involving backcountry skiers. Across the western United States there has been a definitive increase in avalanche fatalities paralleling the growth of backcountry skiing, mechanized ski access and the opening of sidecountry gates […]

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Power To The People

The proposal to relocate a section of the power line through Thompson Pass has not drawn much of my attention this summer. Others, though, are not standing by idly. Area citizens are concerned about an application by Copper Valley Electric Association (CVEA) to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presenting various proposals to move some of the towering earth-toned […]

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The Heli-shoe Guide

by Matt Kinney Funny how outdoor gear selections evolve. I might see a revolutionary new ski leaning on a car at a trailhead and from that point on, I must have it. Selecting shoes for everyday use, however, is an entirely different matter. Call them running, trail, jogging or tennis shoes if you like—they’re all the same to me. We […]

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