Neighbor helping neighbor

The call came at 1 a.m. By 2 a.m. we had responded to the trailhead and were starting down the trail as a hasty team. It was early October, dark and starting to snow. The report had been of an injured camper over five miles from the parking lot; his camping partner...

Voices from the Alaska search and rescue community

DOLLY LEFEVER, Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs Nurse Practitioner and Consultant “I have spent a large part of my life existing out of doors—farm kid, backpacker, climber, skier, etc. Even when one plans well, unpredictable things can happen that puts yourself or others...

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...