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    Anyone for a Knik Glacier ride.

    Conditions finally look great for a ride to Knik Glacier on Saturday. We've had several days of sub zero cold and just a skiff of new snow, so should be good riding. It's about a 40 miles round trip from Sullivan road near beautiful downtown Butte. I've been doing this ride at least once a winter for quite a few years when possible. It's all flat but with great views and upclose panoramas of the huge face of the Knik Glacier.Lots of frozen gravel bar riding and a few stream crossings. So far about 5 of us valley yokels are going and the more the merrier so drop an email to [email protected] if interested. Also I think there's an overnighter planned on the Iditarod by the Su 100 folks.

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    ... and if we just ... Great Ride

    Kathi and I have done this ride twice with Wildfire and it is one you do not want to miss. The riding is good and the scenery, Alaskan winter at its best. Do not forget your camera!!! We will be there Sat. for sure. See you at the trailhead.
    Bill M

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    I've always wanted to do that ride

    Wow that sounds great. I've always wanted to do that ride sounds like a lot of fun. I'll e-mail you for directions and time.

    Adam

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    Conditions finally look great for a ride to Knik Glacier on Saturday. We've had several days of sub zero cold and just a skiff of new snow, so should be good riding. It's about a 40 miles round trip from Sullivan road near beautiful downtown Butte. I've been doing this ride at least once a winter for quite a few years when possible. It's all flat but with great views and upclose panoramas of the huge face of the Knik Glacier.Lots of frozen gravel bar riding and a few stream crossings. So far about 5 of us valley yokels are going and the more the merrier so drop an email to [email protected] if interested. Also I think there's an overnighter planned on the Iditarod by the Su 100 folks.

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    Meet at 10 am @

    We're planning to meet up at at the pullout just north of the Knik River bridge on the Old Glenn Highway at 10 am. See ya there.

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    the injustice,im so jealous.If Mike Danz is out with you please say hi from me.Are you taking the gps commonly known as charlie?

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    ... and if we just ... We made it!

    Made it to the Knik, great conditions, no snow, just frost on gravel and ice. River crossings were no problem but punched through some overflow once almost to my knees but Neos overboots saved the day.
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    More Knik Pics

    Here's some photos. It was kind of cloudy so not the best lighting, but you can get ani idea of the place.
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    More Knik pics

    A couple more pics for ya.
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    One more pic

    A moment of exhultation on our arrival.
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    Good job! Thanks Wildfire

    Thanks for the awesome ride. Kathi and I are still wound up from the ride yesterday! Kathi's fun meter registered 41 miles for the round trip with 3 miles of actually riding on the glacier. Riding on the glacier among the seracs and presssure ridges adds a whole new perspective to biking that can't be explained if you haven't been there. Watching Wildfire crush cars with a Fat Bike added an unsuspected twist to a fun ride.
    Bill and Kathi M

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    The sucker cut me off. Let's do it again on Weds if it stays like this.

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    Nice shots, it looks a little more wintery then it's here in Maine.

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    Wednesday sounds good

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    The sucker cut me off. Let's do it again on Weds if it stays like this.
    We're on board for wednesday!!! See you then

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    close ups of bikes?

    i have always been fascinated by the bikes youse guys use for snow riding....i like the fact they are so specialized in one regard but of course could be used anywhere... they look kitted out for adventure with all the bags etc.

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    where are the bags made?

    any close ups of the bikes?

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    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=7654

    Check this thread on page 1 titled alaska ultrasport

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    i have always been fascinated by the bikes youse guys use for snow riding....i like the fact they are so specialized in one regard but of course could be used anywhere... they look kitted out for adventure with all the bags etc.

    2 questions:

    where are the bags made?

    any close ups of the bikes?
    I make the bags here in Alaska custom to fit your bike, please email me off forum for details. It seems almost every hardcore winter rider around here has one now and it's amazing how much gear you can put in them and they work good in the summer as well. Here's a shot of an older model FatBike.

    http://www.wildfirecycles.com
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    Wowee!!!

    Those pictures are AWESOME!!! Thanks for letting us all in on a "virtual ride." Maybe someday I can shake my daytime responsibilities and join you on such adventures. Looks like an incredible place to ride a bike!

    QB

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    More Knik Flicks

    BillM, Kathi, and myself, with Charlie the hound rode back up there today. It was colder this time, -10 F. but we made it up to a new section of the glacier. Charlie disapeared briefly with a pack of four wolves on the way up and we thought we'd seen the last of him but apparantly he wasn't deemed pack material and he showed back up later. Got some more pics and was glad we live in Alaska and can ride stuff like this that very few other people have the opportunity to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    BillM, Kathi, and myself, with Charlie the hound rode back up there today. It was colder this time, -10 F. but we made it up to a new section of the glacier. Charlie disapeared briefly with a pack of four wolves on the way up and we thought we'd seen the last of him but apparantly he wasn't deemed pack material and he showed back up later. Got some more pics and was glad we live in Alaska and can ride stuff like this that very few other people have the opportunity to do.
    Here's a couple more pics, it's a bit hairy at the glacier face what with the creaking, popping, and groaning noises emanating from the galcier and surrounding pack ice.
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    Here's two more pictures I just had to throw in. Thanks for all the nice comments and I'll keep you posted on future rides to the Knik. Definately want to do an overnight camping trip in March and explore the area some more. The face of the glacier is huge, over four miles across, so lots of exploring possibilities. See it now before it melts!
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    Great Shot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    Here's two more pictures I just had to throw in. Thanks for all the nice comments and I'll keep you posted on future rides to the Knik. Definately want to do an overnight camping trip in March and explore the area some more. The face of the glacier is huge, over four miles across, so lots of exploring possibilities. See it now before it melts!
    We used to have Ice like that in Colorado but it melted - now all that's left is Keystone.
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    Knik Glacier trip 3

    Anybody interested in another ride to the Knik Glacier? Meet at first pullout on right past Knik River Bridge on the Old Glenn Highway at 10 am weds. Bring lunch, water, camera etc as it's an all dayer. A couple friends made it up there on Sunday and said it was good.

    Wildfire

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    More pics from yesterday's ride

    BillM, Kathi, myself, and Charlie the dog went back up to the Knik yesterday with sunny skies and subzero temps.

    Wildfire
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    BillM, Kathi, myself, and Charlie the dog went back up to the Knik yesterday with sunny skies and subzero temps.

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    hmm..no chairlifts, what's the deal?

    great pics. looks awesome!

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    Wow that's truly amazing stuff, thanks for sharing! i have a freind who's moving to Anchorage if ever i decide to come up i'll have to hook up with you folks for a ride. Here's some pix from Washington state....http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=72597
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    Maybe it's got something with me NOT being from Alaska, but I gotta say that this is REALLY FRICKIN COOL !

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