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Susitna Watershed Speaker Series: Embracing Alaska’s Fickle Temperament
March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join the Susitna River Coalition for an evening with Luc Mehl as part of our Susitna Watershed Speaker Series. Luc will be discussing remote sensing and tech tools for cold weather adventure planning.
Presentation starts at 7:00 pm at the Roadhouse. The event is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.
About Luc from 49 Faces of Alaskan Adventure: If you meet this humble, soft-spoken adventurer on an outing in the Chugach mountains, Luc won’t be the one to tell you that he has won the winter Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic five times and the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic twice. A friend might whisper it in your ear, or you may discover through his website, Things to Luc At. The Wilderness Classic, a low-key, grass-roots adventure race, has humbled more than a few ultra-distance runners. The course has changed every few years since its inception in 1982. Rules are simple: traverse 150 to 250 miles of wilderness under human power, use no roads, carry all food and equipment; leave no trace; and depend on yourself for rescue. Winners embrace purity of style. Luc and partners complete wilderness journeys in less than four days, that most adventurers envision as two-week expeditions.
Luc has a gift for drawing creative lines across topographic maps and crafting them into awe-inspiring adventures. Routes he conceived and realized include traverses of the three tallest summits in North America: Denali (2011 – 200 miles), Mount Logan (2012 – 370 miles), and Orizaba (2013 – 240 miles). Luc’s odysseys combine mountain bikes, skis, climbing gear, packrafts and ultralight camping gear with extreme competence and confidence.
Luc grew up in McGrath, a remote Alaskan village of less than 500 on the Kuskokwim river. Pursuit of advanced degrees in environmental and geophysical sciences at MIT and UCSB led Luc away from Alaska for a decade. Wilderness brought him home.
*Paid for in part by support from the Chase Community Council Revenue Sharing Grant and the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation.