Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2007

Young man rescued from mountainside

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ANCHORAGE - A young man from California spent a cold, wet night on a steep mountain slope in Denali National Park and Preserve before a helicopter crew was able to pluck him to safety.

An Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew rescued the 20-year-old man Wednesday morning. He was uncomfortable but uninjured, said Kris Fister, a Denali park spokeswoman.

The man's name and hometown were not immediately available.

The man and a backpacking partner had camped for two nights in a region of the park south of Polychrome Pass, a place they hiked to from the park road with a plan to stay four nights altogether, Fister said.

The two were moving through rugged terrain north of Mount Pendleton on Tuesday night. Pendleton is roughly eight miles southeast of the overlook at Polychrome Pass.

Fister said they were hiking along different routes but within sight of each other when the victim climbed down on a fairly steep slope and couldn't get back up because of loose rocks and gravel.

The man felt the slope was too steep to move safely in any direction, Fister said. He managed to get to a little rocky outcrop.

"He couldn't go either up or down," she said.

The man's partner, whose name also was unavailable, hiked out to the Teklanika Campground, some 18 miles north of Mount Pendleton, where he notified park authorities.

Salmon sausage may make it to retail

ANCHORAGE - A versatile salmon sausage introduced at the Global Food Alaska - 2007 Conference and Tradeshow in Soldotna in June will soon be finding its way onto menus from Prudhoe Bay to Birmingham, Ala.

Eagle Rock's Taste of Alaska is negotiating with Food Services of America, one of the nation's largest wholesale food distributors, to carry the product, said James Gillespie, chief operating officer for Eagle Rock. FSA's clients include the Alaska Marine Highway system and Doyon Food Services. Both companies plan to include the product in their menus.

Gillespie, who has worked in Alaska but lives in Marbury, Ala., has also lined up an account with the Piggly Wiggly markets in Birmingham, Ala., for the sausage.

To introduce Eagle Rock's Taste of Alaska to potential buyers at the Soldotna tradeshow, partner Fred West served up the product in salmon chili and salmon quesadillas. It proved a hit.

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