Dude…

I thought about Matt Hamilton’s “Dude” shirt as my buddy Ryan and I ambled up the mountain’s eroded path as the sun came up. It’s the best bargain hike around, by far. The name is all the social media captain you need and, in Matt’s usage, a reference to a movie that had a cult…

Column: Stuck in the chuck

JEFF LUND/Juneau Empire I tell my students two main lies. 1. I don’t know how to have a bad time. 2. Even my bad ideas start out good. The second one isn’t really a lie, and I justify both because obviously I have bad times, but the point is to be able to capture all…

Episode 106 – Which boat is best?

I call it Episode 105, but it’s really 106. Anyway, I’m selling my 15-foot Boston Whaler with a 70 hp Yamaha (200 hours) and looking at upgrading to a mid-level boat to extend my range. I am primarily looking for a boat from which to hunt, camp and set pots, with fishing coming a close…

Column: The fun in hunting is misery

When you’re back home and the meat is processed and in the freezer, it’s easy to post, comment or otherwise communicate to everyone in your circle that the misery of alpine hunting or hunting in general, is worth it. I tried something different. As I was leaning on my trekking poles, cautiously making my way…

Episode 105 – From the Narrows to The Bay

How does a student from Ketchikan High School measure up against students from the Lower 48? Pretty well. I talk with 2018 Ketchikan High School Valedictorian Largim Zhuta. As a senior Largim was part of the 2018 High School Academic Decathlon Division III National Championship team and just finished his freshman year at Santa Clara…

Episode 104 – Telling good stories

I’ve always liked reading and listening to hunters and anglers who tell stories with their audience, not their ego, in mind. A good hunting story is about a little bit of suffering, a little honesty and just the right embellishment. With blacktail deer season 11 days old, hunters have some great stories that I love…

Episode 103 – Opening Day Recap, Forkie vs. Four

Opening Day in the alpine did not disappoint, but it didn’t exactly go as planned for Fairbanks resident Steve Shannon and myself. We recap our hunt, but thanks to a lack of specifics and more closing thoughts, I recorded a preface which comes before the recap. In that preamble I talk about why doing hard…

Episode 102 – The Heart of Hunting

Steve Frith from The Heart of Hunting and I talk filming hunts, how to get started and why a good eye beats expensive gear. Steve recently released the short film of Harrison Gottschling’s Dall sheep hunt. Harrison told the story of his hunt on Episode 58 of this podcast.

Column: A place isn’t just a place

I saw a dude reading Jack London at a coffee shop in Juneau. The words of London, Robert Service, etc. inspired by the Alaska/Klondike of the past, have endured for generations, so it makes sense that people would be motivated to read those words near their geographic origin. However, I judged the guy. I thought…