“The Passage”

A Story of Fathers and Sons Traveling Alaska’s Inside Passage

About “The Passage”

In 1974, Nathan Dappen’s 20-year-old parents and uncle, Andy, built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage.

Nathan and his brother grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in their family – shaping who they have become, how they view their parents, and how their parents view themselves.

In the summer of 2017, they renovated those canoes and, with their aging parents, completed the original 1974 journey.

The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.

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Contributed By


Nathan Dappen, PhD
Day’s Edge Productions

Nate Dappen is a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker based in San Diego, CA.

He studied the Ibiza Wall Lizard in grad school at the University of Miami, earning his Ph.D. in Biology in 2012. Nate is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, an Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and serves on the board of the International Wildlife Film Festival. He can’t get enough of surfing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or IPAs. Nate co-founded Day’s Edge Productions with Neil Losin in 2012.