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Happy trails . . . Explored 5/1/12

Each April, deep in the Hoodoo Mountains of Alaska, there is an exciting race called the “Arctic Man” that draws thousands of spectators. A mini city of over 12,000 people is created as folks arrive in their RV’s from all over the country to participate and enjoy the party atmosphere.

 

Snowmachiners, skiers, or snowboarders race 5.75 miles through the backcountry mountains. Beginning at the top of a 5,800-foot peak, - the skier or snowboarder descends some 1,700 feet and grabs the tow-rope of a snowmachine, which powers through a gully and to the top of another mountain. There the skier or snowboarder, sling-shots off of the towline and makes a 1,200-foot descent to the finish line. Speeds during the skiing event, reach up to 90 MPH. In this image the snowmachine trails disappear from sight and continue on for 50 miles or so in all directions. (Please view in large size)

 

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Taken on April 19, 2012