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 my current home in Fairbanks.  This blog contains many of my outdoor adventures and musings.

Discussions and perspectives on lifestyle aspects of living in the Arctic can be found at my other blog: Arctic Essays

I hope you enjoy reading,

You can contact me at  jmcclure120 at yahoo dot com


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  1. God bless you, Jack! Wishing you a safe but challenging trek which fills you with joy and peace by bringing you closer to Our Creator. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you every day so know that on the discouraging days, your team at home is sending you love and encouragement and asking the Lord to give you what you need. Can’t wait to read your posts. Love the photo above — you look so handsome with that beard trim and haircut! Yes, I know you’ll get all shaggy but keep this look in mind for when you return to civilization! Love you, Aunt MaryClare

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