If you’re seeking a low-impact getaway in a truly wild place, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect destination than Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of square miles of wildlands await adventurous travelers who want to explore the Last Frontier. Scroll down to begin exploring sustainable adventure, or use the menu below to further narrow your selection.
I have used wood fires as my only household heat for the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the Alaska woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging.
July 27, 2017
Koyukuk River Tribal Tours provides guests a short glimpse into life in rural Alaska and an Alaska Native community from those who live in the community.
July 7, 2017
This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were driving to Denali State Park for a […]
March 27, 2017
This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. 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 what’s available leads to interesting spaces […]
By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options depend almost entirely on the season. The town is small — home to […]
December 26, 2016
Anchorage has finally been blessed by its first snowfall in quite some time: A real snowfall, worthy of pulling out shovels, lacing up snow boots and expectantly waxing skis. While I am cautiously optimistic that this means that we are going to be treated to an actual winter this year, I can’t quite believe it. […]
December 6, 2016
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s just after noon in Peterson Cove as Marie and Ron Bader head to work. The sun is high in the September sky, warming the metal seats of their skiff, but the water that sprays off the stern is rousingly cold. It’s a quick […]
November 14, 2016
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. Every year during the first weekend of August, the small Kenai Peninsula town of Ninilchik experiences a strange phenomenon. Its fairgrounds and campsites are taken over as thousands of joyous festival-goers descend to strum banjos and chug kombucha. There is an incredible boost […]
If a decade of playing and working in the wilderness has taught me anything, it is this: stay flexible. Any experienced backcountry traveler knows there is no limit to the unexpected circumstances that might befall them while traveling through Alaska’s vast wilderness. One hundred mile-per-hour winds, a foot of snowfall in June, near-biblical flooding, a […]
October 25, 2016
This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. Outdoorsy people tend to talk about hydration as though it’s an in-crowd secret. The thing is, we are all into hydration. We all drink water. But is there a right way? A wrong way? Think of this article as a primer on staying hydrated in […]
June 27, 2016