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APU Nordic at Manitoba!

Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center’s 2022 Junior Team Camp at the Manitoba Cabin and Yurts was hugely successful.  24 COVID-free kids eagerly loaded the vans at the start of a challenging and rugged week and proved that their spirit and tenacity would prevail with a smile. There are few places as great of an…

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July 22, 2022

Spring Avalanche Awareness from Chugach Avalanche Center

Hey everyone! This month’s blog comes from the folks over at the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. You can view the recent Observations and reports from Manitoba here. Get the forecast! Photo- Mollie Foster We have reached the time of year where the snow is starting to make the transition from a dry, winter…

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April 4, 2022

Introducing the next Generation to the Outdoors

In all honesty, I have never been to the Manitoba Hut. I moved to Alaska in 2014 to cross-country ski race, and outside of the COVID winter of 2020-21, I rarely spent more than a couple weeks scattered here and there in Alaska during the winter. I’ve heard stories of gorgeous backcountry spring days, beautiful…

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February 17, 2022

Lars Spurkland Hut Fundraising Update!

I love this time of year – we’re sandwiched in that perfect spot between the cozy darkness of winter and the promise of March and all its sunny, snowy, joyful glory. We’ve done the longest, hardest stretch of winter. We just have one more little push, and before we know it the days will be…

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January 20, 2022

Mindfulness and Inclusivity in the Mountains

Have you had the experience of following a well-set skin track in the backcountry? One that someone else broke in, that leads to your drop in point where there are beautiful curvy tracks already leading the way down? I love it when this happens because it eases some of the sweat & effort to climb…

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December 19, 2021

Backcountry Hut Maintenance in Alaska

Alaska Huts is not the only backcountry hut operator in Alaska, and this month we have an insight into one of our sister organizations, the Mountaineering Club of Alaska. The MCA operates huts on glacier traverses, like the Eklutna Traverse, but their support system is much the same. Enjoy! The MCA backcountry hut system is…

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November 10, 2021

Future Huts with your help!

September is drawing to a close and the termination dust is inching further down the mountains. We’re entering another season, and Alaska Huts is taking this time to reflect on a summer well spent. For Alaska Huts, this summer has been an exciting time, starting off with a $150,000 grant from the Atwood Foundation for…

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September 22, 2021

Alaska Fall Foraging

Mid-August usually means the advent of autumn here in Alaska. One of the best parts of our long transition from summer to winter is the opportunity to fill our freezers with delicious treats to hold us over until next summer. That’s right–I’m talking about berries! Photo–Caroline Brisbois Alaska has a number of edible berries. The…

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August 17, 2021

Summer Daydreaming

This spring, the Alaska State Legislature approved 13 million dollars to set aside for the Alaska Long Trail project. What is the Long Trail, you ask? Well, the proposed long trail project will follow sections of the Historic Iditarod Trail and other routes. Many segments of the trail already exist, like Lost Lake and Bear…

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July 14, 2021

Woodstock 2021 Success

An overflowing woodpile! Woodstock this June was a huge success! Thanks to all who came to haul wood, clean the cabins, and so much more. On top of the 12 cords of wood, we got a new range in the main cabin installed and ready to go, new floors in the main cabin (thanks to…

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June 4, 2021

In Honor of Shawn Lyons

Our beloved friend and invaluable board member Shawn Lyons died suddenly on Feb. 2 in an Anchorage hospital. He took ill and passed so quickly that it appears no one in town knew that he’d even gone to the hospital until a day later. He was 66, young at heart, and as open to adventure…

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February 9, 2021

An Ode to Winter Holidays at Manitoba

The temperature hovered in the low double digits—and would soon begin to sink, probably dipping into negative numbers, once the day had passed for good. Leaning on the frosty rail of the bridge over Mills Creek below Manitoba Cabin, I could hear the muffled rush of the creek beneath its thick sheath of snow-covered ice….

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December 28, 2020