In the winter of 2012-2013, I read a book that changed the course of my life. Dick Proenneke’s journals, recounted in One Man’s Wilderness created a desire to leave the suburbs of Chicago and live among the wilds of Alaska. In the following summer, I took the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Semester in Alaska, spending 75 days sea kayaking, glacial mountaineering and backpacking within Prince William Sound and Wrangell-St. Elias N.P. That experience only cemented my newfound vision. I eventually moved to Arctic Alaska, working and living as a tour guide within the expansive Brooks Range. After finding my footing, I moved further north, moving to a 1930s 12 x 12 cabin in the tiny community of Wiseman to pursue a subsistence lifestyle. After a few years in the Brooks Range, loneliness and a desire for more drove me south to Fairbanks. I currently reside in Fairbanks with my beautiful, soon to be wife, Alana. This blog contains many of my outdoor adventures, Alaskan lifestyle and musings.
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