Gear of the Year

Whether you’re looking to keep warm or keep time, our Gear picks for 2016 have run a wide gamut of products that will help you enjoy the outdoors year-round. Alaska staff members pick the stuff they like best from 2016

Denali: The Mountain Great and Tall

The mountain doesn’t care about us. Huge, frozen and reaching into air too thin for human existence, Denali remains a hostile, immutable presence, with an allure climbers and other visitors find difficult to resist. [by Seth Adams]

Leaving Skagway

Leaving a piece of her heart, 1,600 miles behind [by Elise Giordano]

Dreaming of Snow

I arrived in Girdwood, Alaska, on Thanksgiving Day after spending a month on the road. Our journey started in Colorado and we explored the Pacific coast all the way up to Vancouver, where we quickly revamped our plan because camping in a tent every night in the cold and snow is not as glamorous at...

Camera Ready

In Alaska, even a lazy photographer can take decent photos [by Russ Lumpkin]

Native Wisdom

Making small talk with the cab driver, I sipped coffee on the way to the Juneau airport. The rainy morning continued a string of rainy mornings. I checked in and wound through security, made it to the other side of the human scanner, and stood in sock feet. My pack, however, didn’t make it. “Is...

I Got the Blues

Every year, I swear that I’ll spend the entire month of August picking blueberries, but every year, of course, life intervenes. I make time for a short drive or hike to a favorite spot and pick with both hands—my friends are impressed with my speed. Still, as soon as I find a good rhythm, I...