Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hiking the Mudflats to Fire Island

About 20 members from the Anchorage Adventurers Meetup Group and a handful of adventurers left the beach below Kincaid Park Friday to embark on a hike to and from Fire Island. Most hikers crossed the mud barefoot; a couple brought rope and life preservers, and one latecomer carried snowshoes. The group appeared to near Fire Island in just over an hour, still before low tide, and returned just before 6 p.m. on the same tide cycle. Plans for the trip raised concerns after two teenagers were rescued from rising tidal waters off Kincaid Park on June 9. Dangerous mud and extreme tides also claimed the life of a woman trapped in the shoreline of Turnagain Arm near Hope in 1989. The combination of extreme tidal range and glacial silt in the mud, make for dangerous and uncertain conditions in the Cook Inlet.

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