In the Valley of the Bears – Returning to the Wild

Graham Stanford is 18 years old. Standing just a few inches over five feet tall, he carries a short-barreled .40-caliber rifle as he walks through the waist-high brush in front of me. He stops, holding up his right hand—a signal for the four of us behind him to hold back. I can see over his head:...

Kayak to See the Bears at Pack Creek

“Don’t run,” I tell myself as two young grizzlies leap out of the forest and scamper down the beach toward us. Then I say it out loud to my wife: “Don’t run!” Even though our guide, Ed Shanley from Above & Beyond Alaska, had us check every pocket to make sure we weren’t carrying...

The Landlord

I was less than a mile from the house when I saw the bear—a reddish, teenage grizzly—sauntering down the road. At first, he didn’t even react to the rumble and crunch of tires on gravel. But once the dogs saw him and exploded into an indignant, noses-to-windshield frenzy, he evaporated...
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Ididaride. Yes, I did.

Justin Savidis greets me (and a handful of other summer mushers) at the Ididaride Sled Dog Tours property in Seward. With his long, light red hair and freckles, he looks more like Opie Taylor than who he is: a rugged, four-time Iditarod competitor working as a guide at the Seavey’s kennel. As...
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Ode to Katmai Bears

  Make no mistake, the brown bears own Katmai. At best you’re a guest on this part of the Alaska Peninsula, at worst you’re dinner. Warnings aside, if you’re one of those adventurous souls who can’t imagine heading to Alaska without seeing one of its most famous...
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Magical Mountains

It’s hard to fathom the scope of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Over 13 million acres, including nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, are there. That’s the size of some countries—six times larger than Yellowstone. In the heart of those extensive...
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Celebrate Alaska Native Culture

I’m a Caucasian woman of Italian descent, and I’m jealous. Not of the hardships that Alaska Natives have endured, but of their rich culture and understanding of the natural world that is engrained in their heritage—and seems to be—instilled in utero. The Native traditions and spiritual...

This Month’s Issue

Table of Contents FIND THESE GREAT ARTICLES AND MUCH MORE IN THE NEW ISSUE OF ALASKA MAGAZINE. FEATURES Photo Essay: Caribou People The importance of the Porcupine herd to the Gwich’in people Text by Charlie Swaney and Peter Mather Photos by Peter Mather Alaska Native Heritage Center A walking...

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Frequently Asked Questions for the Alaska magazine iPad App

What does the Alaska magazine app cost? The app is a FREE download on the App Store in iTunes. Search for “Alaska magazine” in the iPad section of the store and tap the install button. What does the app do? The app is a content viewer that allows you to access issues that you have paid...