January 2015 …camp at 16,300 feet on the West Buttress ridge

Climbing Denali in January

Arctic explorer Dupre makes history with his solo summit. Lonnie Dupre, at 53 years of age, made mountaineering history earlier this year when he summited Mt. McKinley—known by Alaskans as Denali—by himself in January. It was an extraordinary feat to summit and successfully descend the mountain in the […]


Symbols of Progress

I was convinced it wasn’t real. I’d been warned against the powerful effects of mirage that can overtake the senses on the open waters and recalled those warnings as I watched the shape emerge from the meringue-like fog. The retreating tide at my feet revealed treasures of glass […]

Fishing the Nushagak

Fishing the Nushagak

Flying thousands of feet over remote western Alaska, I peered through the window of a chartered float plane on approach to the wild Nushagak River. While the sky was overcast and gray, the marshy tundra below displayed remarkably vibrant shades of yellow, green, and brown. A seemingly endless […]


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