Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003

Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon slated for Memorial Day

The Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon will be held on May 26 at Skyview High School.

The open race starts at 11 a.m. and consists of a 500-yard swim, 5-mile mountain bike and a 3-mile run. The entry fee is $10 for the open event or $5 for the mini-triathlon for competitors 12 and under which consists of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The mini-triathlon starts at 9 a.m.

The day also will include live music and a barbecue.

For more information, contact John Steckel at 283-0836, or by e-mail at jsteckel@alaska.net. Race applications can be downloaded from tsalteshi.org.

Boat safety checks coming up

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kenai and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting courtesy preseason vessel equipment safety checks in the Fred Meyer parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and May 24.

Recreational boaters as well as Kenai River guide boat operators are welcome to attend.

The even is cohosted by Alaska State Parks and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard at 283-3292.

Kayak Fest offers something for all paddlers

The Kachemak Kayak Fest is slated to run from May 23 through June 1 in Homer, with plenty of events, trips and presentations to please just about every marine enthusiast.

Activities include workshops for paddlers of all levels, presentations by Nanwalek Tradition Bearer Nick Tanape, as well as other kayak adventurers, guided group trips and plenty of entertainment.

For a complete schedule, visit the festival Web site at www.kachemakkayakfest.com. The event is sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce which can be reached at (907) 235-7740 for more information.

Cowboy Action Fun Shoot Saturday

The first monthly Cowboy Action Fun Shoot of the season will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Snow Shoe Gun Club, located on Shotgun Drive across from Beaver Loop on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Shooters are invited to bring their Civil War to 1897 six guns, Winchester- or Marlin-type lever action or Colt-type pump rifles in pistol calibers, period shot guns with No. 6 to No. 9 shot, and your buffalo rifles, lever action or single-shot, originals or modern replica everything with SASS-approved ammunition, black powder or smokeless, cast bullets no modern jacketed bullets and come have some fun.

The entry fee is $10. Both shooters and spectators must have both eye and ear protection.

Parks Canada to review backcountry safety

CALGARY, Alberta A Parks Canada committee has been asked to review backcountry safety after a series of deadly avalanches in Alberta and British Columbia killed 28 people this winter.

The committee was formed to review the means of communicating avalanche risks and information to the public and submit a report to the federal agency this summer.

In the current snow season 28 people have died in the two provinces, some outside national parks. The total is the largest since the same number of people died in snowslides in 1965.

Seven adult skiers died Jan. 20 in a slide on Durrand Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains northeast of Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Seven students from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, a private school in Okotoks, died Feb. 1 when their ski tour group was caught in an avalanche during a field trip into the backcountry of Glacier National Park east of Revelstoke.

Since then, Parks Canada has implemented electronic information signs warning the public about avalanche dangers.

The agency also works closely with hotels and businesses.

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