Mountain Madness

Jeff Lund JUNEAU EMPIRE As I was leaning against a tree wondering how squirrel tastes since no deer were stepping in front of me, I wondered if I really loved hunting and fishing, or simply trained myself to tolerate it until something exciting happened. Four of us had hiked a mountain the previous morning to…

Episode 53 – Alpine deer recap

Three buddies from California and I recap their hunting trip to the Ketchikan area for Unit 1 Sitka Blacktail. Cody and I took bucks within two minutes of each other in the same bowl on a mountain…and how did Jake get 56 bug bites on one wrist?

Episode 52 – Hiking the Chilkoot Trail and kayaking Glacier Bay

I talk kayaking Glacier Bay, hiking the iconic Chilkoot Trail and Prince of Wales Island with four first-time visitors to Alaska (Abby Hoffman, Ian Hall, Jordan Kiler and Tanner Harms) and Klawock resident Tonya Busse. We cover trip planning, necessary gear and the importance of good people.

The scars of the partial send

By Jeff Lund/ For Caffeine and Kilos When I was a kid I would compare scars with my buddies. “Got this one when…” It was a posturing thing, a way of showing others that you were mixing it up with life. It’s part of being a kid – well, it used to be – but…

Episode 51 – Local legend Don Busse

On a drive back from Whale Pass, Klawock resident Don Busse and I talk all things hunting and fishing.

Episode 50 – Four dudes around a campfire

Four buddies from California and I talk about the importance of experiences like camping in Alaska to reboot and help them become better fathers, husbands and men. All of this while waiting for our dinner to cook after a long day of fishing on Prince of Wales Island.

Episode 49 – Alpine scouting for bowhunting

Fogged in during a mountain scout, Jesse Knock and I talk about bowhunting in the alpine, how to more effectively use Google Earth and expressing something like the heavy hunting experience through videography, photography, writing or even social media.

Episode 48 – Native Art with Ronnie Fairbanks

High school and middle school Native Art teacher Ronnie Fairbanks talks teaching Native Art, the value it brings to a community and individual creativity within a traditional art form. Also, how do you bend wood to make a box? Ronnie knows.

Episode 47 – Fish taxidermy

Travis Peterson from Off the Hook Taxidermy in Klawock, talks about why he got into fish taxidermy, how to prepare your fish for mounting and recaps hunting musk ox with his recurve bow.          

Getting Alpine ready

Prepping the body to reduce pain By Danielle York (Resident CrossFit – Modesto, California) For The Mediocre Alaskan When prepping for a hike, especially a hike with a pack on our backs we need to make sure that our core, hips, and glutes are firing to reduce low back, ankle and knee discomfort. When you…