Purchase of Alaska

*An excerpt taken from the author’s book, ‘Centennial – 100 Stories of Alaska,’ printed in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska In 1967 Americans, and especially Alaskans, will celebrate the Alaska Purchase Centennial. Uncle Sam bought Alaska from Russia...

The Traverse, Part I

Blazing a Trail in the Eastern Alaska Range “Adventure is a dish that is best eaten takeout, in the comfort of one’s own home…” – Michael Cabon The “slip”—like all dumb-ass moments in my life—is perversely burned into my memory. One step too far in a rapidly...

Denali, In All Her Glory

For more than 20 years Denali has loomed over me and I’ve felt a sense of pride from living near North America’s tallest peak. However, Denali always seemed like an attraction for non-residents, so I’d done little more than admire it from a distance while driving to...

The Percy John Blatchford Story

An Alaskan Legend and Hero It’s said that some of the strongest people on earth are the quietest. This holds true for men and women alike where physical and mental strength is concerned. Many such folks walk amongst us totally unnoticed. They do not seek special...

Climbing Denali in January

Arctic explorer Dupre makes history with his solo summit Featured in the July 2015 issue of Last Frontier Magazine. 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...

100 Days in Denali

Honoring the centennial of Denali National Park Prior to visiting Denali for the first time on my honeymoon in 2011, I didn’t realize how elusive a mountain can be! My husband Josh and I were fortunate to not only see the mountain and abundant wildlife, but to...

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