Thursday, December 9, 2010

Goldmine threatens Alaska's Bristol Bay

New gold rush jeopardizes salmon runs, bears and water sheds in Bristol Bay.
Take action, show your support for this unique ecosystem. We need to protect it.
Check out our article in MuchBetterAdventures E-Mag from Dec 9th.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Now taking bookings for the 2011 season

After a successful 2010 summer season with trips to Katmai National Park,
Gates of the Arctic National Park and a spring trip in Utah and Arizona we are now taking booking reservations for the 2011 summer season. Besides our wilderness trips and race in Alaska we are now also offering guided mountain bike trips in Southern Utah and Arizona. We are looking forward to another successful race on the Iditarod Trail this coming February and March. Our race roster has been full since May 1 of this year with several racers on a waiting list. Hope everyone is enjoying fall and looking forward to the first flakes of snow.

Kathi Merchant
Alaska Ultra Sport

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2010 summer season

The 2010 Iditarod Trail Invitational started on Feb. 28th at 2:00 PM at Knik Lake. Out of 44 racers that started the race 35 finished in MacGrath after 350 miles on the Iditarod Trail. This was Peter Basingers fourth win and Tracey Petervary from Wyoming set a new women's 350 and 1100 mile record. 5 racers continued on to Nome and the 3 cyclist and runners Tim Hewitt and Tom Jarding have arrived in Nome. Tom Jarding set a new overall foot record to Nome, Tracey Petervary holds the fastest time to Nome for a woman.
We have already received over 70 e-mails for the 2011 race which will follow the Southern Route.
Sign up for the 2011 race starts April 1 for race veterans that have finished the 350 and/or 1100 mile race before and rookies can sign up starting April 8th, 2010.
Bill and I will be in Germany to visit family from April 1- April 21.
Racers should contact us by e-mail to secure a spot in the race for 2011.
On May 1 we are off to Utah and Arizona for 5 weeks to guide a two week Mountain bike trip and then explore more trails in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
We will be back in Alaska June 7th to begin our summer guiding season here.
We still have some availability for guided sea kayaking trips and river floats in the months July and August for those interested in a guided summer vacation in Alaska.
We hope to do another exploratory sea kayaking trip in Prince William Sound in June.
Our favorite areas are based out of Valdez, Alaska.
Last year we explored Glacier Island, Columbia Glacier, Sawmill Bay, Shoup Bay and Jack Bay.
In the fall we did an exploratory trip in Southwestern Alaska in Wood Tikchik State Park.
I am exited about another summer filled with adventures by bike and sea kayak in the Southwestern USA and Alaska.

Kathi M.
Alaska Ultra Sport