Aug 9, 2005

Alaskan Outdoor Center & Wildfire 'Kuskokwim Kruzer'

Wildfire aoc Rohloff 'FatBike' is on the trail!


Kuskokwim Cruiser, Kusko Kruzer, Kusko it what you like, aoc has been working on this bike project for sometime now and Mark Gronewald at Wildfire Designs Bicycles has been integral in helping us to create our 'expedition dreambike!



Components were selected to optimize performance: reliability in remote settings; riding primarily on the flats...long-river and beach expeditions; both extreme-winter and maritime environs.

Rohloff 500/14 Drive Hub
(external cable-box)

What can be said about the Rohloff hub that hasn't been said already as the hub has quite the world-wide reputation...but the verdict is still out for this least until a full winter/summer season in Western Alaska is accomplished...but WOW - it is quite the remarkable component...can you see the :-) on my face?! Ear to Ear!


'Wildfire Fatbike' Frameset
(DeSalvo shop)

red_frameFatBike Fork

(hub is legacy but NIB - 130 32h, others - NIB)

WTB GreaseGuard (GG) Front Hub, WTB GG Headet, Surly Wheels - Large Marge Rims (no-offset)/ Endomorph Tires /Tubes/ Rim-strip, Surly Rear NiceRack(cutdown)


Phil Wood BB

WTB GG Pedals, Sugino XD600 Crankset w/ Surly SS Chainring(spaced-out on outer ring)


Paul Touring Canti
(one, rear)


Jeff Jones' H-Bar
(straight entension)



We're still in the process of fine-tuning some of the layup...but on first outing, I've got to say this is one best bikes I've ever riden.Will it just set the standard for Alaskan expedition bikes?!


Give us a winter and a few thousand miles of river, tundra and beach ride...we'll let you know!



Mar 23, 2005

alaska exposed

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Mar 12, 2005

Alaska Weather

Just about any out-of-doors activity that you'd want to pursue is dependent on Alaska Weather.

Being in the 'right place at the right time' is crucial, and understanding the nuances of Alaska Weather is critical.

Here are a few links to sites that will enable you to make an 'intelligent guess' as to how to best prepare for the eminent...inclement weather in Alaska.

Geophysical Institute UAF Climate Research site:

Geophysical Institute UAF Climate Research CURRENT Weather:

John Wallace's site, Kuskokwim region and more links:

Buoyweather for virtual buoys; swell, surf and winds:

NOAA Ice Forecast:

Feb 11, 2005

qayaq's alaska... Martin Leonard III

From the desktop of Martin Leonard III
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Welcome to some of Qayaq's web you find a collection of personal kayaking information, news and discourse. The majority of the information contained these pages relates to paddle-sport in the Northland. I try to keep it recent.
Enjoy your visit.

Interesting photos link to:

Old news link to:


Jan 14, 2005

From around Nunivar Island

A gem in the North Pacific...Nunivar Island is a stunning wilderness in culture and natural resources...home to the Cup'iq people residing in the village of Mekoryuk.

This blog is a photo expose from work at in Mekoryuk, Nash Harbor and a solo kayak journey around Nunivar. Also presented are video archives from work accomplished at the Nunivar Summer Science Camp in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the NIMA Corporation and the Alaskan Outdoor Center.

There are some other resources on the web for those interested in the Island:



Traditional Site

West Side Nunivar Seabirds

Cape Corwin

East-side Nunivar Lavascape

Martin's EPIC

Muskox in the Dunes

Nunivar Dunes

Terry Don and Gov. Jay Hammond

Mekoryuk Hearders


Ed Shavings and First Tourist Arrivals

KuC Students Hiking

The lake at Nash Harbor

Traditional Angyaq

Nash Harbor Sunset

Terry Don and Tourists

Steve & duffek

Nash Harbor Camp

Historic Items

NICEA guide...



Arctic Hours

Nunivar Kayak Surf

Nunivak Bay Paddling

There are more Videos on here Clickety Click