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Nissan Frontier pickup truck on McCarthy Road in harsh winter conditions, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks This year (2013) seems to definitely be the year that photographers want to head north to photograph the northern lights here in Alaska; the number of websites that have suddenly added an “Alaska Northern Lights Photo Tour” to their schedule seems to have tripled in about 6 months. That, and considering the number of […]

Arrigetch Peaks backpacking trip A steep descent of the Arrigetch Peaks, Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Hey Folks, I’ve written on the topic of trekking poles a few times in the past. Here also. Every year I receive a lot of questions about the use of trekking poles in Alaska. Nothing’s changed. Use them. The image above illustrates how useful they can be. Backpacking up or down steep terrain like this, often on […]

Alaska brown bear charging, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks, A lot of people ask about bears and bear spray and guns and what we do for safety. We don’t carry guns on our trips, and nor would I be comfortable with someone on the trip carrying a firearms, unless there were some very extenuating circumstances. I do carry bear spray, and we […]

Winter photography, cold weather, asking Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Clothing for Cold Weather Photography outings: clothing for photographing the subpolar and arctic Alaska winter conditions; loft, loose and lots.

Winter photography, cold weather, asking Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks I get asked all the time which kind insulation fill is best for a sleeping bag for someone planing an Alaska backpacking trip. Like almost all these kinds of questions, the answer is pretty subjective, and I really don’t think it matters too much. What matters is that you make the decision that […]

A backpacker wearing a hooded down jacket hiking across Malaspina Glacier, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey folks, I thought I’d write a quick post about insulation for hiking. This year, I made the switch from a pile fleece jacket to a synthetic fill jacket. The jacket that I virtually lived in all backpacking season long, (on plenty of day hikes as well, including this walk up to Powerline Pass near […]

Backpacker wearing Arcteryx Rain Jacket in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks Another question I get asked a lot has to do with rain gear. What’s appropriate, what’s necessary, what’s not OK, what works, what doesn’t, etc? I think rain gear is another of those things where many people can make do with less. I wouldn’t, of course, advise anyone to venture out under-prepared. But, […]

Summer sleeping bag and pad backpacking trip Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks, I think a 20deg bag is essential for a summer trip in Alaska. 32deg bags, and warmer, often aren’t warm enough for alpine trips here. In fact, a 15 deg bag is even a good idea. it varies a lot with the individual, and also with the temperatures for any given trip, obviously. […]

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