Month: August 2016

Sourcing Wild Berries in Alaska

I’d already been entrusted with the keys to their truck and the care of their dogs before my Alaskan cousins would even consider letting me in on the secret location of the family berry patch.   When I was finally invited to go berry-picking with them – three years after I’d started working in Alaska during […] Read more…

8 Essential Knots

There are a handful of knots that every outdoor enthusiast should know. Having a strong background in ropework can improve the quality of a trip 10 fold. Rope is surprisingly useful in a pinch and having a little background really helps. Knot tying is like math, the more you practice the better you are. Bowline […] Read more…

Escaping the Crowds

One thing I notice after returning to my home in Alaska after nearly three months working and traveling elsewhere: I spend a lot more time than I remember standing in lines.   With the population of the town nearly doubling with the influx of snowbirds and seasonal workers, not to mention the large numbers of tourists […] Read more…

They’re Finally Making a Movie About Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey is a god damn legend. Don’t know who he is? Well, he’s the original Dirtbag, he started the whole thing, quit his job, quit society and dedicated everything he had to be in the mountains. Ski bums, river rats, gear heads, van life, it all spawned from Fred Beckey. Sure, if it weren’t […] Read more…

The Importance of Wilderness Medicine

If you spend any time recreating in outdoor areas – especially more remote areas, where you may be miles from the nearest road, hospital, or glimmer of cell service – you should consider taking a wilderness medicine course.   These are offered by a wide range of outdoor organizations and range in duration from a couple […] Read more…

Find Your Park: The Centennial Year

There’s a very important birthday coming up later this summer, on August 26th, to be exact.   This date commemorates President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 signing of legislation officially creating the National Park Service.   The National Park Service is making the most of this historic milestone, with many parks planning special events around the centennial, such as hayrides at Great […] Read more…