Reclaimed

Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting...

61°North: The Adventure Issue

IN THIS ISSUE Stranded on the Yukon: A Kenai Peninsula trapper’s adventure by Megan Corazza Try again tomorrow: Catching planes and finding adventure in rural Alaska by Kirsten Swann On the map: The fashion and ‘flying Dixie cups’ of surveying Alaska...

Geared for life

Making the most of Alaska’s seasons means gearing up properly—knowing what to wear, what to carry and what to leave behind. 61˚N caught up with Alaska adventurers to find out what they bring and how it’s helped. Sometimes it’s as simple as the right shoes...

Stranded on the Yukon

The temperature plummeted to 50 below zero the morning Sonja Woodman climbed in Polack Joe’s 18-foot boat in Eagle, Alaska. She was headed home to an A-frame cabin 120 miles away near the confluence of the Yukon and Charley Rivers. It was early November in 1975, and...
A ‘Cozy North Room on Unimak Island’

A ‘Cozy North Room on Unimak Island’

Unimak Island is hungry and sharp and feral, home to more gray wolves and brown bears and caribou than humans; sheltered by volcanic peaks and rocky shorelines. In False Pass, the only town left on the island, the beach is dotted with weathered fishing boats and...