Does anyone know of any hiking clubs in the Anchorage Area. We just arrived here and want to hike the area.
Fairbanks has a hiking and climbing group.
Originally Posted by rayburn12
That's the only area that I have knowledge about...
...so if you are interested in making the drive or flight in this direction, I could give you more tips.
George - Every sunday in the Anchorage Daily News they print an outdoors calendar, and most weeks they list a weekly hike put on by a local group. I don't have any experience with them, but they have a website you can visit and a contact phone number for questions. Looks like this week they'll be hiking Thursday from the Glen Alps trailhead.
Alaska Outdoors weekly hikes
check these guys out, they are pretty active, it appears.
Valley group and great website on hikes ...
There is a club in the Mat Su Valley called Valley Mounatin Bikers and Hikers who meet regularly and post thier hikes in the paper as mentioned above
Their website link is - http://www.vmbah.org/
Also the following website has excellent trail descriptions along with pictures and trail maps of the best hikes in SouthCentral Alaska - http://www.akhs.atfreeweb.com/search_hikes.htm
If you're new to the area I'd suggest two of the most popular and fairly easy day hikes to start - "Flattop" and "Bodenburg Butte"
Alaska Mountaineering Club
Check these guys out:
They do a lot of hikes in the Anchorage area. I have been out with them several times. It's a good way to check out some new hikes. On the other hand, if you are feeling adventurous, there is a world of hiking that you can discover on your own all within 20 minutes of Anchorage. Go to REI and buy the Chugach State Park map. It has really good USGS maps of the mountains near Anchorage, showing trailheads, paths, elevations, and other features. PM me if you want some ideas of good hikes to get your feet wet. If you'd rather go with a group, the MCA is active and safe. Enjoy!!!
Here is the Fairbanks Hiking Club
Here is Alaska Alpine Club
Also... www.summitpost.org is a GREAT resource where you could find area climbers to climb and hike with you as well.
Go and get the recent Black Diamond Ice Climbing 2007-2008 Edition and look at the back cover.
Classic. Absolutely, hands down classic.
Here is the hint...
Why shouldn't you attach your crampons to your harness?
There are several clubs. There is a club that meets and runs peaks in the area and you can find their add up at the Alaska Rock Gym http://www.alaskarockygym.com
The MCA was already mentioned here and linked to.
The American Alpine Club has a presence here. They have been doing a lot for Alaska Mountaineering recently.
For ice climbing there is Alaska Ice Climbing
And for Hiking and Climbing theres Alaska Mountain Forum
Theres also some yahoo groups I have seen around.
Heeheee you beat me to it Prez. I was just about to post about the awesome Alaska Mountain Forum and all the great guys there (who are very helpful.) Nice to see you over here.
Originally Posted by Prezwoodz