Flying in Paradise

Paragliding in the Last Frontier When I first came north, 25 years ago, I quickly realized that to explore in the Alaska wilderness meant not letting the elements hold you back. For many summers in Denali Park, rain and oftentimes snow squalls would keep less intrepid...

Beady-Eyed Bandit – A story about the Alaskan ermine

Living in Alaska for a long time, you get to see a lot of things, but this was certainly a new one for me. As often happens in the winter up here, in the cold and dark of January, I had a car parked in the freezing cold outside. I decided to bring it into the garage...

Booty Road – The First to Walk the Iditarod Trail

The sun got hotter as I walked, and sweat rolled down my back soaking my shirt… No. I must be hallucinating again. Actually it’s about 40 below zero and I’m trudging down the Yukon River with a twenty-mile-an-hour wind blowing in my face. Such was my first walk...

Arctic to Indian – Skiing in the Chugach Mountains

The mountains overlooking the city of Anchorage are known as the Chugach Front Range. They stand somewhat apart from the rest of the Chugach Mountains, separated by a notable valley in which runs the mostly clear waters of Ship Creek. This creek, with its final...

Our Survival Story – Part III

Alone with the Wolves Scott and Vivian Mayo are as careful and experienced as anyone who recreates in Monahan Flats. They were enjoying a winter getaway in December 2013, when the unimaginable happened. This is the third and final segment of their survival story. I...

Our Survival Story – Part II

Nightfall Remainder of Day One “Oh my God! I’m stuck out here!” The situation couldn’t get much worse. My mode of transportation was broken down and I was stranded alone, miles from safety. Scotty was hurt or dead in the back country, only God knew where, and the kids...

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