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Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation

Out of the gate and into the state

Equipment A full page spread of available equipment and gear available for checkout this winter and spring!

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Don’t let the cold stop you from exploring Alaska, with help from Outdoor Recreation!

Winter ‘17-18

adventure Guide


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laska is a magnificent state­— a giant playground that deserves to be explored and appreciated. Fort Wainwright sits at the hub of the playground, with roads leading towards adventure. While the roads in Alaska may be few and far between, the experiences are endless. Wherever you turn in Alaska, an adventure is waiting to be had. Whether you are stationed here, have decided to make Alaska your forever home, or are just visiting, we here at Fort Wainwright Family and MWR encourage you to get out there and take advantage of your special opportunity. Our Outdoor Recreation programs have equipment and instruction available to help you explore on your own, and knowledgeable guides to assist you on any adventure. Whatever Alaskan experience you are searching for, Fort Wainwright Family and MWR has the right option for you!

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18 Outdoor Recreation Center

Building 4050 Glass Drive Fort Wainwright, Alaska (907) 361-6349

www.wainwright.armymwr.com @WainwrightMWR #WainwrightMWR All prices and details are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.


Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

CITY / MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT ROADWAY TOP RECREATION DESTINATION: 1.

Chena River State Recreation Area

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Denali National Park & Preserve

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Anchorage Area

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Kenai Mountains 200 MILES


Meet The guides

The knowledge, personality, and experience of our incredible team of devoted guides and volunteers is what makes Outdoor Recreation so special.

Our guides and volunteers take a great deal of pride in sharing Alaska with you. Eager to explore the wilderness that surrounds Fort Wainwright, each ensures that you’ll have a rich and authentic experience. They make sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes to ensure you can relax and enjoy your trip. When Andrew Underhill, 2016’s Volunteer of the Year, took his first Outdoor Recreation trip, he was hooked. He didn’t want to stop learning about the magnificent places he visited on his adventures, or the techniques used to get him there. It was the same for Staci Feltman, who has been an Outdoor Recreation Volunteer since December of 2016, and “Kash” Kashudhan, who has volunteered since March of 2016. All three participate in various volunteer opportunities through Outdoor Recreation, and their willingness to give has landed them in spectacular settings like glacier hiking in mountainous terrain, white water rafting in canyons, and hanging from cliff faces while rock climbing. The questions we asked the trio of volunteers not only showcases their love of volunteering, but also gives us a glimpse into their addiction to exploration.

Q: What is your favorite part of participating in Outdoor Recreation trips? A: Staci: Learning the ins and outs of trip preparation and gear load layout. I really love seeing everyone have a great time when we are out on a trip. Andrew: I love to share the experience together. It’s a great way to meet new friends who share common interests. 4

Q: What is your favorite spot to explore in Alaska? What about in the world? A: Kash: Denali National Park is one of my favorites here in Alaska. I’ve also explored Nepal and loved it! Andrew: The areas near Anchorage or Valdez are perfect for me. You have quick access to fishing and mountains with glaciers. As for the rest of the world, I’m not done traveling, but so far Alaska is my favorite.

Q: How is Outdoor Recreation helping you with your career goals? A: Andrew: If I can find a job that keeps me outdoors, I’m winning. The Army and Outdoor Recreation have helped me achieve my goals thus far. Kash: Volunteering and going on trips with Outdoor Recreation has given me opportunities to prepare myself for the future.

Q: Which Outdoor Recreation trip are you most looking forward to this winter? A: Kash: Outdoor Recreation is offering downhill skiing camps this year, and I’m excited to try it out. I’ve never been before. Staci: I’m looking forward to it all! I’m here in Alaska learning new things and seeing beautiful sights with the help of Outdoor Recreation, and I couldn’t ask for more.


DEVENDRA “KASH” KASHUDHAN ANDREW UNDERHILL STACI FELTMAN

Alaska is and will always be my favorite adventure spot. —Staci Feltman


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inter’s frozen ground lets you explore places near and far that may be unreachable in the summertime, so get out of the gate and explore the state! Alaska offers boundless opportunities for outdoor adventure— from cross-country skiing to snowmachining, fat tire biking to ice climbing, and everything in between. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite Outdoor Recreation trips that we think you’re really going to enjoy. Whether you are new to the activity or a seasoned pro, there’s a trip for you! Each trip is lead by one of our expert guides who is there to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. Our adventures tend to fill up fast— we highly encourage you to reserve your space by calling the Outdoor Recreation Center at (907) 361-6349 or by stopping by 4050 Glass Drive, near the main gate of Fort Wainwright.

3 “don’t miss” trips this season

1Ice Climbing

Join our guides for an introductory ice climbing session at a local climbing hot spot near Denali National Park. Take in some of the greatest views of the surrounding mountain ranges as you climb a frozen waterfall. Beginners are always welcome.

2Anchorage Area Skiing Cabin Expedition

Step onto the porch of a rustic cabin and look up. Watch as the northern lights dazzle across the darkened sky, and relax after a weekend’s worth of skiing and snowboarding at Alyeska and Hilltop Ski Resorts.

3Try a Snowmachine Day

If you’ve ever wanted to try out snowmachining (snowmobiling) but aren’t ready to make a full day out of it, this event is for you. Enjoy a leisurely 90-minute session, where our experts will guide you through the basics of snowmachine riding.

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Questfest ‘18 February 3 Dog mushing is a classic sport in Alaska. In fact, it’s Alaska’s official sport!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user “jyl4032”.

Gather around the trail and watch as the canine athletes set off on their 1,000-mile long journey from Fairbanks to Dawson City, Canada. With winter activities for the entire family, this is truely an Alaskan experience you won’t want to miss.


OUTDOOR RECREATION CALENDAR ADVENTURE

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LENGTH

LOCATION

November 25

Full Day

Compeau Trail

Snowmachine Safety Course

December 2

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Stiles Creek Snowmachine Trip

December 9

Full Day

Chena River SRA

Fat Tire Biking to HooDoo

December 15

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners

December 16

Full Day

Glass Park

Local 1/2 Day Snowmachine Trip

December 22

Half Day

Birch Hill Ski Area

Fat Tire Biking in Fairbanks

December 22

Full Day

Fairbanks

Ice Climbing

December 23

Full Day

Denali National Park

Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Camps

December 27–29

Half Day

Birch Hill Ski Area

Family 1/2 Day Snowmachine Trip

December 29

Half Day

Birch Hill Ski Area

Birch Lake Ice Fishing

December 30

Full Day

Birch Lake

Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Camp

January 3–5

3 Days

Birch Hill Ski Area

Women in the Wilderness: Ice Fishing**

January 6

Full Day

Birch Lake

White Mountains Snowmachine Trip

January 6

Full Day

White Mountains NRA

Snowmachine Safety Course

January 13

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Friday Family Night: Indoor Rock Climbing

January 19

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Stiles Creek Snowmachine Trip

January 20

Full Day

Chena River SRA

Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners

January 20

Half Day

Glass Park

Ice Climbing

January 21

Full Day

Denali National Park

Chena Hot Springs Bike and Soak

January 27

Full Day

Chena River SRA

Try a Snowmachine Day

January 28

Session

Birch Hill Ski Area

November Compeau Trail Snowmachine Trip

December

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ADVENTURE

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LENGTH

LOCATION

QuestFest 2018

February 3

Full Day

Outdoor Recreation

Friday Family Night: Cross-Country Skiing

February 9

Half Day

Glass Park

Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners

February 10

Half Day

Glass Park

Try a Snowmachine Day

February 11

Session

Birch Hill Ski Area

Anchorage Area Skiing Cabin Expedition

February 16–19

4 days

Bird Creek Cabin

Maclaren River Lodge Snowmachine Trip

February 16–18

3 Days

Maclaren River Lodge

Snowmachine Safety Course

February 24

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Women in the Wilderness: Ice Climbing

February 25

Full Day

Denali National Park

Ice Climbing

March 3

Full Day

Denali National Park

Cross-Country Skiing at UAF

March 10

Half Day

UAF

Snowmachine Safety Course

March 10

Half Day

Outdoor Recreation

Try a Snowmachine Day

March 11

Session

Birch Hill Ski Area

Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Camp

March 14–16

3 Days

Birch Hill Ski Area

Ice Climbing

March 17

Full Day

Denali National Park

Women in the Wilderness: Snowmachining

March 17

Full Day

White Mountains NRA

March Madness at Birch Hill

March 23–25

3 Days

Birch Hill Ski Area

Compeau Trail Snowmachine Run

March 24

Full Day

Chena River SRA

White Mountains Snowmachine Trip

March 31

Full Day

White Mountains NRA

April 7

Full Day

Birch Lake

February

March

April Birch Lake Ice Fishing**

*All trips subject to change. Trips will be canceled if temperature drops lower than -10F degrees prior to departure. **Alaska State Fishing License is required


Equipment

Essentials

Now is the time. Go. Explore. Winter’s frozen ground takes us places we couldn’t explore during the summer. Whether you are looking for a complete ice fishing ensemble, a snowmachine, or snowshoes, we have what you need at very affordable prices. Daily Price

Addt’l Days

Addt’l Days

OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

TOOLS

Fatbike

$35

N/A

Log splitter (need 24-hr notice)

$45

$20

Arctic Oven tent (2 person)

$25

N/A

Generator 2000w

$15

$7

Arctic Oven tent (4 person)

$35

N/A

Cargo sled (for snowmachine)

$15

N/A

Birch Lake ice house

$25

N/A

Ice fishing package (includes

$50

N/A

Pop-up ice hut (large)

$30

$15

Pop-up ice hut (small)

$25

$12

Ice auger (gas)

$25

$12

Ice fishing pole

$5

$2

XC skis

$10

XC skis weekly rate

$40 (per week)

$5

FISHING

Skijouring harness

$5

$3

Snowshoes

$5

$2

Snowmachine helmet

$3

$1

Buddy heater

$8

$4

Dual stove

$5

$2

Camp chairs

$5

$2

Camp table

$5

$2

Santa suit

$30

N/A

Backpacks

$5

$2

Folding table

$7

$3

Sleeping bag

$7

$3

Folding/stacking chair

$2

$1

Sleeping pad

$5

$2

Bounce house

$70

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E1 – E5, NF1 – NF2, GS1 – GS5

E6 – E9, NF3 – NF4, GS6-GS12

poles, auger, pop-up ice house with buddy heater OR ice hut)

MISCELLANEOUS

O1 – Up, NF5 – Up, GS13

E1 – E5, NF1 – NF2, GS1 – GS5

SNOWMACHINES *Requires Safety Card

TRAILERS

Tundra

2-Place trailer

$110

$120

Keep dry

$130

Protect your precious items! Dry bags are now available for sale at the Outdoor Recreation Center.

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Daily Price

E6 – E9, NF3 – NF4, GS6-GS12

O1 – Up, NF5 – Up, GS13

**Requires 2 5/16” ball $25

$30

$35

4-Place trailer

$45

$50

$55

Car hauler*

$40

$45

$50

Meat wagon

$25

$30

$35

Cargo trailer*

$50

$55

$60

9K Utility trailer*

$50

$55

$60

3K Utility trailer

$45

$50

$55


• Equipment check out: 3 – 5 p.m. • The Outdoor Recreation Center is closed Sundays and Mondays during the winter. Charges still apply during days that the Outdoor Recreation Center is closed. • Cancellations must be made 7 days in advance for a refund. • Trailers require a 2” ball unless stated otherwise. • Camper trailers may require a load-bearing hitch; provided by Outdoor Recreation. • Snowmachine use requires a Safety Card issued by Outdoor Recreation. Find the Snowmachine Safety Classes on the Outdoor Recreation Calendar on the previous page.


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hen winter rolls around, it becomes a completely different world out there! The rivers and lakes freeze over; snow blankets the landscape; and the aurora comes out of hiding and covers the night sky.

Even though the temperature has dropped, and more logistical planning is needed, it’s no excuse not to have a fun and safe adventure in the great outdoors. There’s no reason why you can’t go explore Alaska on your own! From a short afternoon hike, to a weekend outing, the Outdoor Recreation Center can help you prepare for a trip of a lifetime by supplying you with gear, knowledge, and know-how.

3 do-it-yourself winter season activities: Fat tire biking You’ve likely seen them on trails or bike paths. Equipped with wide tires between 4” and 5”, fat bikes certainly make an impression. Able to float on top of the snow pack, these revolutionary bikes can take you practically anywhere. Use them as a means to get to a backcountry cabin, or to reach far off places.

Aurora Watching You don’t have to go far in order to be bedazzled by the lights in the sky. On a clear night, head away from Fort Wainwright’s well-lit areas and look up. If the Aurora is active, you can see colors of green, red, and pink shimmering across the northern skies.

Snowshoeing Check out a pair of snowshoes from the Outdoor Recreation Center and head out on the trails! Fort Wainwright offers multiple paths and trails within its bounds —including the trails at Chena Bend Clubhouse— for you to explore. This is a great activity to do with the entire family, as snowshoeing is a low-impact, get-you-anywhere type of recreation.

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irch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area is one of only three alpine ski areas in the Army system. The mountain boasts day and night skiing, a thrilling tubing hill, as well as a phenomenal terrain park— by far the best one around!

Whether you are an avid downhill enthusiast or are new to the sport, the crew at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area has you covered. We offer complete rental packages, ski and snowboard lessons for any skill level, and a mixture of runs catered to different abilities. At the end of the day, unwind in the rustic lodge and enjoy a meal or drink by the fire.

March Madness Mark your calendar: March 23 – 25, 2018 Let the madness begin! As winter draws to a close, we start to get a bit wild! Get out and enjoy the spring snow conditions during the annual March Madness event. Don’t miss out on a weekend full of crazy competitions and events like the snow painting and races, as well as the infamous Pond Skip and Polar Plunge!

Pricing Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area offers you multiple ways to get the most out of winter. Consider the Birch Hill Season Pass for more flexibility and savings! Daily Lift Pass DoD

Non DoD

Adult Full Day

$30

$38

Youth Full Day

$25

$28

Adult Half Day

$24

$31

Youth Half Day

$20

$23

Tubing Pass

Adult Youth

DoD

Non DoD

$12

$16

$8

$10

Season Pass DoD

Non-DoD

Adult

$335

$440

Youth

$260

$330

Family (2 adults, 2 children)

$685

N/A

Additional children (added to Family Pass

$200

N/A


A winter playground Tour & Explore

Seward Military Resort offers a variety of activities for both newcomers and avid outdoorsman. Visit www.SewardResort.com for a complete list of exciting excursions and discounted tickets to local attractions.

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iscover a different side of Alaska at the Seward Military Resort. This historic setting is a place where you, your friends, and your family can unwind, begin an adventure, and immerse yourself in the Alaskan lifestyle. In a world of continuous digital technology, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off of the magnificent 360-degree views that surround the Resort. Just a short drive south of Anchorage, the Seward Military Resort is nestled between the jutting Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay. Located a 5-minute car or shuttle ride from downtown Seward, the Resort is tucked away in seclusion, providing our guests with privacy and relaxation. Along with a main lodge, grill, and bar, the Resort offers guest rooms, town-homes, and log cabins, as well as an RV park, campsites, and yurts for those who want to take their adventure outdoors. Looking to get out and experience Alaska? Seward Military Resort offers memorable tours and guided adventures for all ages. During the winter months, explore the hidden valleys that surround the Resort. “Mush” your way along the winding dog sled trails, or take a snowmachine expedition to mountains and glaciers, right outside the Resort’s back door! The opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless— let us help you make your trip unforgettable. Seward Military Resort is a year-round resort and is open to Active Duty Military, Veterans, DoD Civilians, and their Family Members. To make your reservation, visit www.SewardResort.com or call 800-770-1858.

www.SewardResort.com @SewardMilitaryResort #SewardMilitaryResort


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here’s nothing worse than getting caught out in the cold. If not prepared, the situation could turn very serious, very quickly. At Fort Wainwright Family and MWR, we recommend that you take the following steps listed below to make sure you stay safe while spending time outside this winter.

1. Check the weather Weather conditions in Alaska can change in the blink of an eye. You don’t want to be caught outside without being prepared when the temperature drops drastically within the span of a few minutes. Check with local weather agencies for an updated forecast, and plan for the worst-case scenario.

2. Wear layers Whether you are planning an overnight winter trip or are simply heading outside for a snowball fight, dress in layers. The addition and removal of layers allows you to regulate your body temperature by trapping warm air in between the fabric. The first layer should be a moisture-wicking material, followed by a layer of wool or fleece, and finally, a wind-proof material for the outer layer. The same goes for bottom layers. And don’t forget about a hat and gloves or mittens!

3. Keep yourself hydrated It’s easy to forget to drink water in the winter— the cold temps don’t necessarily beg for a refreshing gulp of water. However, it’s vital to drink warm liquid every so often to ensure that you body’s internal temperature stays level.

4. Be aware of frostbite and hypothermia Frostbite typically occurs in very cold temperatures, in places with high wind, or after long periods of exposure. The best way to prevent frostbite is to stay covered up, and warm up the cold areas of the body as soon as possible. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Your body begins to function slower, resulting in shivering, slurred speech and slowed movements, confusion, and more. It’s important to stay aware of you and your partner’s behavior, as the symptoms often occur gradually.

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Layers Layers Layers Let the Outdoor Recreation Center teach you how to layer clothing to achieve the maximum warmth and comfort.

Head case Don’t forget that the Outdoor Recreation Center rents snowmachine helmets. Riding safely can mean the difference between life and death.

Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

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Fort Wainwright Winter 2017-18 Outdoor Recreation Adventure Guide  

Discover what Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation Center can do for you! With guided trips, equipment check-out, safety briefings, and more,...

Fort Wainwright Winter 2017-18 Outdoor Recreation Adventure Guide  

Discover what Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation Center can do for you! With guided trips, equipment check-out, safety briefings, and more,...