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