Avalanche centers continually struggle for money. The Chugach Avalanche Center was started with an earmark from the late Uncle Ted Stevens. That money is drying up and the Avi Center has become more dependent on the Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center. This is a fired-up group of backcountry users that volunteer their time to help out.
Recently, I joined the Friends to install a weather station on the summit of Harp Mountain on Hiland Road near Eagle River. Crane Johnson designed a typhoon-proof tower and equipped sensors for wind, temperature and relative humidity sensors. Unfortunately funds didn’t allow a weather cam — they triple the cost of the station. We hauled the gear up the mountain, and following Crane’s guidance, Hiland Road skiers had live data by the evening.
Final tweeks on the anemometer. Through trial and error, Crane found that cables supporting a single tower doesn’t work. The cables get rimmed up, start vibrating and loosen. This tower was cheap, fast to install, and will last for years with little maintenance.
Today the Friends are having photographer Kris Erickson present at Anchorage’s finest establishment, The Beartooth Theater. The event on Thursday, October 28 is at 8 PM. This is guaranteed to be an awesome event with great photos, serious beer drinking, lots of gear door prizes and a gear auction. Last year Andrew McLean packed the house with 420 people and raised a heap of money for the center.
Thanks a ton for donating several Kode ski packs, Osprey!