Tokositna to Talkeetna

68.5-mile packraft trip down the Tokositna, Chulitna and Susistna Rivers, from the Peters Hills to Talkeetna Some weekends are just weekends, and others are a week of adventure ratcheted down to a couple days. In July 2019, Brett Woelber, Tim … Read More

Portage Glacier Calving

Report and analysis of a March 2019 calving event at Portage Glacier There are many metaphors for the sound of a glacier calving: A rifle going off. Trains colliding. The crash and roll of thunder. None of these descriptions fully … Read More

Cantata Boots and Boats

20.3-mile hike and packraft loop around Cantata Peak, in Alaska’s Chugach State Park The September 2018 heatwave was so intense that Alaskans started referring to it as a new season: Second Summer. High-temperature records across the state were shattered, and … Read More

Blackbird Traverse

25.3-mile variation on the Bomber Traverse backpacking route, in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska In early August I found myself at the Snowbird Glacier Hut, poring over the Bomber Traverse Map with three Canadian women who had just made it … Read More

The Bad Kash Traverse

36.6-mile attempt to run the Kashwitna River, in the Talkeetna Mountains Some trip reports are inspiring. Some are informative. Others are warnings. On the last day of June, 2018, Brett Woelber, Dre Benitez and I set out to float the … Read More

Backpacking Haleakala Crater

Three-day backpacking loop in Maui’s Haleakalā National Park Every day before sunrise on Maui, a motorcade of rental cars creep up to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā and throngs of bleary-eyed tourists spill out to shiver through the sunrise. It … Read More

McHugh Peak Incident 232

Winter camping on the west summit of McHugh Peak I’m always bummed when adventure buddies leave Alaska, but there is a silver lining. Homesickness builds up until it’s almost explosive, and as soon as wayward friends return stateside they’re often … Read More

Cirque de Bird

Late fall mini-epic through Chugach State Park A few things I’m thankful for: clean running water, wool socks, and friends who don’t blink when you ask them if they can get up at 5am to go hiking. With the snow … Read More

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