Any report on the trail conditions out on the race courses?
Wildfire, Bill, anyone. What are things like out there?
Are Susitna riders going to need hip waders?
More info and some thoughts
There is some more info in today's daily news including ariel photos of the site from AST. Still sounds like the area is too risky for recovery attempts.
Anyone thinking of bringing an avalanche beacon? I am considering it, but it isn't all that useful if you are the only one with a beacon. (All right for those who know me I'm not really this cautious but my wife thinks I should bring a beacon). Seems really easy to throw a beacon and a probe into my pack, its minimal weight stuff. But the bigger question is will anybody else be thinking along these same lines. Being the only person with a beacon and a probe is sort of useless and it seems really hard to co-ordinate crossing the pass in some safe formation with other beaconed and probed riders. So in the end I'm not convinced that this is a practical or useful idea. Crossing the pass alone, or in a tight group, with a beacon seems rather like wearing a seat belt in a 747 jetliner, it may feel safe but if things really hit the fan its pointless. Any thoughts??
On another note has anyone ever ridden the long way around (iron dog trail). Is that trail a realistic option if the pass is moving when we get there? Or is there something about it that would make it un-rideable or un-findable? Seems like adding 45 miles would be better than having to turn around and ride back to Knik. I'm not really considering that route, just trying to gather some info to preserve my options if rainy pass is out of my "comfort zone" when I get there.