The Promise of Discovery

You never know what you’ll find hiking a wilderness trail [By Tom Walker] Under an azure sky stretching unblemished to Denali’s icy dome, the morning air crisp and fresh after autumn’s first frost, our tundra hike captivates the senses.

Tundra Chickens

Appreciating ptarmigan, from the field to the plate. [By E. Donnall Thomas Jr] Several years ago, friends and I took a week-long float trip into the wilderness, targeting caribou with our bows. After several days without releasing any arrows, we were getting hungry.

Illie

Locals witness strange creatures in Iliamna Tales of lake monsters have circulated among people living on the shores of Iliamna, Alaska’s largest lake, for generations, and some residents advise not to get on the water in a red boat or wearing red clothing.

Surviving Combat

How to live through Alaska’s seasonal salmon battle—and enjoy it. [by Will Swagel] In the wee hours of a May morning, Robert Hayes, a battle-hardened veteran, begins scouting the banks of Ship Creek. He spies a number of familiar faces waiting for the 6 a.m. opener and gathers some intelligence...

The Pribilof Islands

The Pribilof Islands Premier birding and more [by Kevin McCarthy] ALASKA IS A WILD AND REMOTE PLACE, and it occurs to me while flying far out over the Bering Sea that few places, even in Alaska, are as wild and remote as my destination: the Pribilof Islands.