From Harvey and Sandy Bowers

Climbing to the Top  page one
2001 Fishing Forecast  page one
Local Events page one
Reindeer Herding page three
Archaeology Dig 2001 page four

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Jan Willow Winter Carnival
Feb Iron Dog Race
Mar Iditarod Days Festival
Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Sourdough Ball
May Salmon Fishing Starts!
Jun Colony Days
Jul Wasilla Water Festival
Moose Dropping Festival
Palmer Pride Picnic
Aug Alaska State Fair
Dec Colony Christmas
Talkeetna Winterfest


Our Winter 2000 newsletter left our readers hanging at the base of Denali Pass, 17,000 feet, poised for our attempt at the summit of Mt. McKinley.
     Severe weather, coupled with the thin air at high altitude, is what makes Mt. McKinley one of the hardest mountains to climb. At 17,000 feet the jet stream can hit you with 100 to 200 mile per hour winds at any time. It is impossible to just pitch a tent for shelter. We dig pits in the snow. The tents are then dug into the pits with snow block walls resembling a 14th century fortress. Without the snow pits, our tents would simply blow off the mountain.
     At 17,000 feet we were hit by a three day storm which dropped approximately six feet of new snow. At this altitude you donít have much energy, it is hard to sleep and you donít have much appetite. We spent most of our days melting snow for water, digging the drifting snow from around our tents, visiting with each other, sharing stories and reading material. It wasnít long before everyone read everything available in camp. We had some very interesting climbing parties
sharing our camp during the storm. A 12 year old girl from Anchorage became the youngest to climb Mt. McKinley. We also visited with an amazing climber, blind from birth, from Phoenix, Arizona.
     On June 27 the storm started to lift. We gathered our gear and headed for the summit. This was our second 

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Local fishing guides forecast the 2001 King Salmon season should be excellent for our local rivers. Larger Kings are expected this year. The Little Susitna River near the Inn should see King Salmon ranging between 35 and 50 pounds.
     The later running Red and Silver Salmon will have a

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