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: New to me

When I was a kid, there were spots on the Klawock River I thought were secret. Where no one else went because they didn’t know about it. Sure, the trail that had been made by boots other than ours, but those are the wrong details to be concerned with. There was no asphalt turn out…

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.

Episode 45 – Ketchikan hiking

On the way back down from scouting some deer territory, I talk bear protection on hikes, why it’s important to not totally rely on Google Earth and the best hiking trails in the Ketchikan area. And yes, I really did fall while recording.

The trip to town

(SitNews) Klawock, Alaska – In keeping with my tradition of being under-prepared, I arrived at the trailhead in jeans and only then considered the inevitabilities involving heat and sweat once I started hiking in the beautiful, warm afternoon air. I had reservations at a hotel, but was too focused on the hike to think rationally….

Make it up as you go

Saturday I was invited to be the 7th wheel on a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had the most experience of the troop so I felt inclined to provide historical background during the excursion. “Teddy Roosevelt’s famous, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ was Tweeted from this very spot. It was John Muir’s…