Column: Get to, not away from

A student asked me why people want to go to Mars. I said for the same reason people saw a map of a flat earth with sea dragons at the edge and decided to hoist the sails and go anyway…For the same reason people wanted to head west to the new (but already inhabited) new…

Episode 86 – Commercial fishing and mentoring

Derek Meister has been punching his Alaska card since he moved to Ketchikan 7 years ago. In addition to all the typical camping, hiking, kayaking locals do, he has worked on commercial fishing boats. He is the school psychologist at Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, so we talk the benefits of a community like Ketchikan…

Column: There’s no place like home

Every once in a while, I count the months and discover it’s been months since I went into the world. Went Outside. Flew to the Lower 48. Whatever you want to call it. It’s Thursday night, a week before this will be printed, and I’m preparing myself. The plan is a few days in Laramie,…

Column: The happy life of an average Alaskan

There’s a difference between accepting your fate and giving up. I’ve come to the realization that my particular place in the outdoor world isn’t going to be the expert of anything except maybe that “get back on the horse” metaphor. I can do things well enough to be successful and have fun, but there will…

Column: The problem with the plateau

By Jeff Lund @alaskalund The problem with the plateau or streak of bad luck or poor results isn’t just the outcome, but that we can wrongly conclude that we aren’t worthy, or good enough. It can be a huge hit to the self-esteem when we can’t make the lift, do the trick, get the job…

Episode 75 – “Obsolete” Man Skills

For this episode I’m a total sucker because I’m promoting an article by reacting to it. Anyway, there’s a list of 7 obsolete man skills that the 21st Century Man should abandon “if you’re at all interested in being ahead of the curve” that I think embodies the disjointed, unclear message regarding who men are…

Episode 73 – Who am I?

As an outdoorsman and dude in general, I have to care about what the right people think of me and how I represent my lifestyle. Over the last 2 years I have realized just how important it is to not be careless in how I spend my hours or how I represent my lifestyle. I…

Episode 28 – Corby Weyhmiller

Prince of Wales Island resident Corby Wehymiller talks rural education opportunities, growing up before the internet, and how to get through the winter in a small town on a big island.